California Proposition 65 warning
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Why is there a warning label on the packaging of my Plant Edibles product?
In order to inform our customers, we now label our California packaging for several of our organic products with a California Proposition 65 warning.
Prop 65 Warning Label
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 some naturally occurring heavy metal minerals.
Safety and quality are top priorities for Plant Edibles. No chemicals are ever used in the cultivation or production of our products. All of Plant Edibles products are certified organic and grown with traditional, organic agricultural practices. The elements that triggered this California Prop 65 labeling requirement are lead and cadmium. Lead and cadmium are naturally occurring minerals and are present in soil around the globe to varying degrees and as such can be absorbed by plants grown in that soil.
The standards for lead and cadmium as set by California through Prop 65 are specific to the state of California and are more stringent than what is required by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canada and the Unites States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Many common foods have trace levels of lead and cadmium, including dairy, meats, grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and canned or prepared foods. In many instances these common foods exceed the established Prop 65 standards.
Max Levels of Lead in Common FoodsSource: US Food and Drug Administration, Total Diet Study Market Basket 2006 through 2011