California Proposition 65
Overview about the Warning
California Prop 65 is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Companies are required to place a warning label on any product they sell within the state of California if it exceeds the level that the State has established as risk free for a list of over eight hundred chemicals, including heavy metals naturally found in soil and water. This proposition was adopted by California to include warnings for any chemicals which can be known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.
Certain listed chemicals are widely distributed through the environment in air, soil, water, and rocks. As a result, these types of chemicals are often found in commonly eaten foods and throughout the food supply even though these chemicals are not intentionally added to foods or nutritional supplements. The two chemicals that triggered this requirement are cadmium and lead. They are both naturally-occurring elements that can be present in soil. This soil might be organic, but cannot be cleared of the naturally occurring elements, so traces of it can be transferred to crops.
The standard for lead and cadmium, under prop 65, are specific to the state of California. It is more stringent than level proposed by the US FDA (The Food and Drug Administration). These prop 65 warnings exist throughout California in common places such as restaurants, stores, hotels, and on nutritional supplements.
Are Ganic Food Products still safe to consume?
Here at Ganic Food, we make sure quality control and food safety are top priorities. All Ganic Food products have been third-party tested. We believe it is important to consume superfoods with respect, as overdoing anything is not advisable. For pregnant people we always suggest you talk with your physician regarding anything you are putting in your body during pregnancy. Also, if you feel uncertain we strongly recommend seeking advice from your healthcare professional.
Learn More about California Prop 65
You can find out more information from the following links:
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
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