Prop 65 is a CA regulations that requires warnings for any products that contain one of the 800 chemicals listed in the proposition. In our case, it's heavy metals that are found in the soil, water and occur in nature. Everything that is grown from the earth will not meet the standards, including a bowl of salad. However, food does not require this label. Only dietary supplements.
Modern Manna Herbals does not add any chemicals or heavy metals to its products. We pride ourselves on the highest quality no compromise products. Rest assured the safety and efficacy of our products is and always will remain our number one priority.
1. What is proposition 65?
2. What is the Prop 65 warning?
|Prop 65 is what is known as a "right to know" statute. The California voters enacted Prop 65 in 1986 as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Prop 65 requires companies to provide "clear and reasonable" warnings to consumers if their products contain a chemical determined by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 was enacted in response to consumer concern about the introduction of chemicals into the environment, including drinking water. The law governs extremely low levels of chemicals and is among one of the most stringent reporting laws in the country. The presence of these low levels of chemicals necessitates warnings only. Prop 65 does not ban the sale or use of any product for health or safety reasons. Over 800 chemicals are currently listed under Prop 65, many of which may be naturally present in the environment.
3. What products require the Prop 65 warning?
|The State of California has identified the following Prop 65 warning as clear and reasonable for consumer products: "WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm."
4. What chemicals are subject to Prop 65 warnings?
|The law governs warnings for consumer products distributed or sold in California to consumers. Naturally occurring levels of chemicals in foods do not require warnings. Furthermore, warnings are only required for amounts that exceed daily exposure thresholds based on average consumption. In addition to consumer products, the law covers warnings for environmental and workplace exposures to listed chemicals.
5. Where do these chemicals come from?
Prop 65 requires the State of California to maintain a list of chemicals that it identifies as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. This list is routinely updated to add or delete chemicals. The current list contains over 800 chemicals and can be found at https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65.
6. What levels trigger the requirement to warn?
|Many commonly used ingredients, including cocoa, calcium, and magnesium can contain naturally occurring levels of Prop 65-listed chemicals. For example, lead and other heavy metals, which are widely distributed in soil, water, air, and rocks, can be naturally -- and commonly --present in foods and food ingredients. Modern Manna Herbals does not intentionally add any lead or heavy metals as ingredients to any of its products.
7. Modern Manna Herbals in compliance with Federal safety guidelines?
A company that sells a product in the State of California does not need to provide a warning for any exposures if it can show that the exposures do not exceed regulatory threshold limits, which are very stringent. For carcinogens, this is the “No Significant Risk Level,” which is the level of exposure that would result in no more than one case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical every day for 70 years. For reproductive toxicants, it is the “Maximum Allowable Daily Level,” which is level at which no reproductive toxicity effects are observed in laboratory animals, divided by an extremely conservative 1000-fold safety factor.
8. Where can I get more information about Prop 65?
9. Modern Manna Herbals Statement
|The warning thresholds identified by Prop 65 are often significantly lower than safety levels identified by the Federal government. Modern Manna Herbals products are in full compliance with all federal guidelines for product safety including those manufacturing and safety guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration.
Modern Manna Herbals does not intentionally add lead to its products, an element that can be found commonly or naturally in soil, water, and ingredients such as chocolate, calcium, and other dairy products. Modern Manna Herbals stands behind the safety of its products, which meet all applicable U.S. federal safety standards and are manufactured according to current U.S. Good Manufacturing Practices. While Modern Manna Herbals supports Proposition 65, it is important to note that Proposition 65 is a “right to know” statute that requires companies to provide warnings and that inclusion of a warning does not automatically mean that the product is unsafe.
Despite its belief that it was not required to do so, Modern Manna Herbals voluntarily elected to provide Proposition 65 warnings to California customers. Given this decision and our belief in the safety of our products, we do not believe that Proposition 65 requires us to make any changes to our product formulas. Modern Manna Herbals has always prided itself on providing the highest quality no compromise products. Rest assured the safety and efficacy of our products is and will always remain our number one priority.
California Proposition 65 has some of the most stringent warning standards in the world. There are over 800 chemicals currently listed under Proposition 65. For certain chemicals that are listed as reproductive toxicants, such as lead, California Proposition 65 warnings are required at extremely low levels that incorporate a 1,000-fold safety factor. In other words, for those chemicals, California sets a warning trigger level that is 1,000 times lower than the level of exposure that has been shown to have no observable effect on humans or animals.