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California Residents Proposition 65 FAQs

by: HumanN

California Proposition 65 Label on Your Protein40 or HeartGreens

What is Prop 65?

Proposition 65 came about in 1986 to address growing concerns by California residents about exposure to toxic chemicals. After it was approved, it became known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, but is still better known as Proposition (or Prop) 65. Under Prop 65, California is required to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The standards for what is considered harmful are specific to the state of California only, and are far more stringent than what is required at the federal level, and by other governments, including Canada and the EU.

Where does it apply?

Prop 65 warnings are only required under California law.

Should I be concerned?

As with anything you put in your body, you should take warnings and ingredients seriously, and consume with caution. As far as Prop 65 is concerned, a warning doesn’t necessarily mean it will cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. And in fact, the safety zone* determined by the State of California to rate the chemicals has been proven in various cases to be calculated so low, that it has conflicted when the minerals are occurring naturally in the soil.

*The safety zone was calculated by identifying the level of exposure that has been shown to have no observable effect and then dividing that level by 1,000, to provide an extremely large margin of safety.

A Prop 65 warning shouldn’t automatically be equated with an unsafe product.

What ingredients or substances are under Prop 65?

The list, which must be updated at least once a year, currently stands at approximately 800 chemicals, and includes pesticides, heavy metals, and Vitamin A at certain levels.

Certain chemicals on the list, such as lead, which are distributed through the environment in soil, water, rocks and even air, often have trace amounts in commonly eaten foods, even if they were not intentionally added to the food or product.

Prop 65 does not ban the sale of any products containing these chemicals; it only requires the product to feature a warning.

Why don’t all products carry this warning?

There are many reasons why similar products might not carry the Prop 65 warning. One reason is simply inconsistent Prop 65 enforcement. Another is that a company may conclude, in their own assessment, that they are not required to do so under Prop 65 standards. So, just because a product doesn’t have the Prop 65 warning doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s free of the same substances at similar levels.

How does it apply to HumanN?

A lot of the chemicals that can trigger the Prop 65 warning, such as Lead, Cadmium, Nickel and Arsenic, have been found in products within the superfood industry.

The elements above are naturally present in the fertile soil where they are metabolized by plants and play a pivotal part in a balanced and nutrient-dense diet. Ironically, these are some of the very same elements that are used in a concentrated toxic form for paints, cleaners, solvents, glues, and pharmaceuticals.

Rest assured, HumanN supplements and nutritional food are made from only the highest-quality ingredients. Our processes, procedures, and products are nature-centered and science-driven, and anything contrary are not pursued. As scientists first and foremost, we continually test our products for safety and efficacy.

At this time, the Prop 65 warning only applies to Protein40 and HeartGreens.

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