WARNING: Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
What You Need to Know About Proposition 65 Warning and Dietary Herbs and Supplements
If you live in the state of California and have ever purchased dietary supplements, you might have noticed a warning indicating the presence of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm on the bottle. This warning label is known as California Proposition 65 (or Prop 65 for short) and it’s commonly displayed on a range of products from furniture to dietary supplements. Although this warning may be disconcerting, it’s important to understand the basics of Prop 65 and how its guidelines relate to dietary supplements. Read on to learn more about prop 65 warning on supplement labels and what it means for supplements and beyond.
What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with over 1,000 chemicals known to cause harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about any exposures to such chemicals.
The Science Behind the Warning
The chemical in question is lead, an element that is commonly found naturally in soil around the world. Plants may be subject to uptake the natural lead from their soil as they grow. Of course, LifeSpa does not intentionally add any lead to any of its products.
The State of California requires a warning for any product sold in California that would result in a consumer ingesting more than 0.5 micrograms of lead in a day. This is an exceedingly low level that is, by law, 1000 times lower than the level of exposure that has been shown to have no observable effect on humans or animals. Therefore, the law sets an extremely stringent warning threshold. For example, The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) safe lead limit for drinking water is 15 mcg/L. This means that approximately one-fourth cup of the water considered safe by the EPA would bring you beyond the safe daily limit, according to Prop 65. Moreover, many foods contain naturally-occurring lead from soil, but are not subject to be labeled with the Prop 65 warning.
Most of our herbs and supplements contain under the 0.5 mcg/day limit of lead that may trigger the requirement to warn consumers. However, since Dr. John often recommends a therapeutic daily dose of more than one serving per day, some of our products will fall into this triggered category at this dose. Rather than limiting our California customers’ access to whole herb products, we have chosen to issue the warning specified under Proposition 65 for relevant products. The soil in which herbs are grown is constantly changing based on factors that could include the location, water source, and exposure to varying environmental conditions.Our products are sourced and chosen with the utmost care for the purest ingredients.Our Whole Herb line is 95%+ organic in order to avoid our herbs uptaking toxins and metals from non-organic soil.
LifeSpa Product Line: Guaranteed To Be Pure
If you see the Prop 65 warning on one of our products, it demonstrates that LifeSpa is complying with safe business practice standards, and honors its customers with transparency. We stand behind our products’ quality and formulations 100%.
All of LifeSpa’s herbal formulas and supplements meet or exceed third party National Science Foundation’s GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) quality standards. All of LifeSpa’s herbal formulas are manufactured in an FDA registered facility, and are independently tested for lead and contaminants.
Read More about Heavy Metals in Soil, and How to Mitigate Harm: https://lifespa.com/diet-detox/heavy-metals-in-plants/