What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is a California law that requires businesses to provide warnings about exposure to toxic chemicals that may cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The law is designed to help Californians make informed decisions about the products they buy and the chemicals they are exposed to.
What types of chemicals are listed on Prop 65?
The Prop 65 list contains a wide range of natural and synthetic chemicals, including additives or ingredients in products like pesticides, common household items, and food products.
What does a Prop 65 warning mean?
A Prop 65 warning on a product means that it contains a chemical listed on the Prop 65 list. However, a warning does not necessarily mean that the product is unsafe or toxic. Many products contain Prop 65 chemicals at safe levels, known as "Safe Harbor Levels," and still display a warning.
It's important to note that the list is so large that a significant portion of the list does not have an established Safe Harbor Level. If any of these chemicals are present in a product, even if barely detectable, manufacturers are required to put a warning on the label.
Examples of chemicals on the Prop 65 list
The Prop 65 list includes both uncommon and common chemicals. For instance, alcoholic beverages, aloe vera, heavy metals, and aspirin are all on the list. Even products like fish oil and regular whey protein may display the Prop 65 warning because they are made of ingredients commonly vulnerable to Prop 65.
Another example is lead, which is naturally occurring in many parts of the world and environment. The Prop 65 limit for lead is 0.5 mcg/day, which is much lower than the amount found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This limit is about 1000 times lower than the highest level of lead known to not cause reproductive harm.
What does "Known to the State of California to cause [cancer] [birth defects or other reproductive harm]" mean?
This phrase indicates that the chemicals used in a product have been listed by one of four listing mechanisms. These mechanisms include Labor Code, State's Qualified Experts, Authoritative Bodies, and Formally Required to be Labeled.
Compliance with Prop 65
Strong Supplements LLC is committed to complying with Prop 65. We do not manufacture any of the products sold on our website, but we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that all products comply with Prop 65 requirements.
Please note that the Prop 65 warnings listed on our website are based on instructions from each product's manufacturer. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.
Reducing Exposure to Prop 65 Chemicals
It's important to take steps to reduce exposure to Prop 65 chemicals. Some ways to do this include:
- Washing hands after handling products
- Using products in well-ventilated areas
- Storing products out of reach of children
- Following all instructions and warnings on product labels
Penalties for Non-Compliance
The penalties for non-compliance with Proposition 65 can be significant, including fines and legal action. Strong Supplements LLC takes Prop 65 compliance seriously and works to ensure that all products sold on our website comply with the law.
For more information about Proposition 65, including the full text of the law, the list of chemicals, and guidance for businesses, please visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website.
Proposition 65 warnings do not present information about the safety or risk of any products, nor do they ban products. The FDA is the final authority on food, drug, and beauty safety. The presence of a Prop 65-listed chemical in a product does not necessarily mean that the product is unsafe or poses a health risk. Rather, the warning is intended to inform consumers about the potential presence of a listed chemical.
Please note that Strong Supplements LLC does not object to compliance with Prop 65, despite our position that the required labels may be misleading rather than informative. We are committed to providing our customers with high-quality, safe products, and we work with our suppliers to ensure that all products sold on our website comply with Prop 65 requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.