California Residents Proposition 65 Warning FAQs
Proposition 65 WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
What is this warning?
Sometimes you will see a product for sale that has a label with this warning. You may also see this warning during the checkout process for an online retailer or listed next to a product in a catalog. You may even see the warning at entrances to various facilities and businesses that provide services.
These warnings are required by California labeling law Proposition 65 (or Prop 65), which is meant to notify individuals in California of exposures to Prop 65-listed chemicals. Prop 65 does not ban the sale of any products containing these chemicals; it only requires warnings.
Why am I seeing this warning?
Enzymedica regularly tests its products for quality, purity, and potency. Due to heightened awareness of Proposition 65 warnings for dietary supplements, we have evaluated all of our products based on these strict standards. This product necessitated the mandated warning statement at this time.
Does this law apply everywhere?
The “Prop 65” warnings are only required under California law for products sold IN California. Prop 65 standards are among the most stringent standards in place anywhere in the world and are often far more stringent than federal standards.
How do the California warnings compare to federal limits?
It should be noted that California product label warning requirements are not always the same as federal safety requirements. This causes a mismatch between warnings on products sold in California and what is required elsewhere in the rest of the U.S. So this can explain why sometimes you may see a California Prop 65 warning on a product sold in California but no warning on the same product sold elsewhere. The products are not different; it’s just that Prop 65 warnings are required for sales only to California consumers.
Additionally, there are various substances that require a California Prop 65 warning at levels that are far more stringent than federal action limits. One example is lead. The Prop 65 standard for warnings for lead is 0.5 micrograms per day, which is far more stringent than federal and international standards for lead.
Why do I see the Prop 65 warnings everywhere in California?
Prop 65 warnings are seen throughout California in a wide range of settings―in restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, schools, hospitals, and on a wide variety of consumer products. In addition, some internet and mail order retailers have chosen to provide Prop 65 warnings on their websites or in catalogs for all their products and for all consumers.
If you want more information, ask the manufacturer to explain the warning. But please remember that just because another brand does not have the warning, this does not automatically mean that the other brand is free of the substance or has lower levels.
What is the difference between cancer and reproductive toxicity warnings?
California has two different types of warnings – those for cancer and those for reproductive health effects. Some products have one or the other of these warnings and some products have both warnings.
A chemical listed under Prop 65 as a carcinogen that has been shown (often in laboratory animal studies) to cause cancer carries its legislated warning. A chemical listed under Prop 65 as a reproductive toxin that has been shown (again, often in laboratory animal studies) to cause male or female reproductive toxicity or developmental toxicity carries its legislated warning. It should be noted that these tests are often performed with very high doses of chemicals. NOTE: Enzymedica does not test its products on animals.
What kinds of substances require warnings?
Over 900 chemicals have been listed under California Prop 65. Certain listed elements, such as lead, are widely distributed throughout the environment in air, soil, and water. As a result, these types of elements are often found in commonly eaten foods and throughout the food supply even though these elements are not intentionally added to foods or nutritional supplements. For example, they are found in some chocolate products, some rice products, even in some brands of balsamic vinegar.
How are these warnings determined?
California has a formal process for adding chemicals to the Prop 65 list. Prop 65 allows chemicals to be listed in various ways, including through reports that are based on animal studies. In many instances, these animal studies involve extremely high dosages of chemicals.
Why do some products have the warning and some do not even though they are similar?
There could be a variety of reasons. If a company has been involved in Prop 65 litigation, and if that company reaches a settlement, they may be required to put Prop 65 warnings on specific products. Other companies that are not involved in a settlement, although they may nonetheless sell similar products, may not provide a warning on their product. Because of inconsistent Prop 65 enforcement, this sometimes explains why you will see specific products in the market with warnings, and virtually identical products without warnings. Other companies may elect not to provide warnings because, in their assessment, they conclude that they are not required to do so under Prop 65 standards. A lack of warnings for a product does not necessarily mean that the product is free of the same substances at similar levels or that it is in compliance with Prop 65.
Should I be concerned?
We should all be concerned about our cumulative exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment and their impact on our health. The purpose of Proposition 65 is to make Californians aware of exposures that have the potential to impact their health.
Good quality supplement manufacturers take every precaution possible to ensure safe products. At Enzymedica, we are confident about the products we make. We put a tremendous amount of effort in offering products that are not only safe, but are also beneficial to your health. If you see the Prop 65 warning on any of our quality products, it means we are complying with the California law.