Our Prop 65 Warning Explained
Why does this product have a warning?
This product contains a small amount of Goldenseal root powder. Goldenseal root powder is classified by the state of California under Proposition 65 in Group 2B (“possibly carcinogenic to humans”). Goldenseal root powder is a natural constituent of the goldenseal plant (also known as Hydrastis Canadensis, orangeroot, Indian turmeric, and curcuma).
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What is Prop 65?
Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California-only law, formally known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, enacted in 1986. Prop 65 is a unique to California "right to know" law, which requires products sold in California to include warning notices about potential exposure to any of the 800+ chemicals or elements listed by the State of California, including those occurring naturally in plants and herbs. Prop 65's warning is required for any product (food, jewellery, dishes, etc.) that may expose an individual in California to virtually any detectable amount of a listed substance, even at levels far below those known to cause harm, and far below any federal safety levels. Prop 65 does not ban any products from sale in California; it simply requires broad warnings about the listed elements contained in the product. No other state has a law similar to Prop 65.
How does this affect Healths Harmony supplements?
We source the purest ingredients for all our supplements, and strictly follow good manufacturing practices to ensure that finished products are not contaminated with any listed chemicals that are not naturally occurring. We never add heavy metals to our products. It is generally understood that lead and other heavy metals occur naturally in the environment, in trace amounts which still exceed Prop 65's extremely low warning levels, in various plants, herbs, and natural ingredients including those used to make Healths Harmony supplements.
Should I be worried about consuming Healths Harmony products?
Healths Harmony is very proud of all our products, including how they are made and the ingredients used. Accordingly, all Healths Harmony products are safe to consume. California's Prop 65 regulations require warnings for exposure to listed chemicals at levels far below those known to cause any actual harm, and far below any federal safety regulations.
What other kinds of natural foods are affected?
Many foods contain trace levels of one or more of the chemicals listed by the State of California under Prop 65. Frequently, the exposure levels established by Prop 65 can be less than what occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, fish, and other foods that are part of a healthy diet. Indeed, while acknowledging that fish are part of a healthy diet, Prop 65 plaintiffs forced many grocers to post Prop 65 warnings about listed chemicals in fish that grow wild in the ocean. Moreover, a cup of spinach (8 ounces) pulled straight from the ground can contain up to 6 times the level of lead at which a warning is required under Prop 65, a cup of carrots up to 3 times the level, and a cup of raisins up to 8 times the level.
Why does Healths Harmony put Prop 65 notices on its products?
Naturally grown plants and herbs are known to absorb metals and other trace chemicals from the soil in which they are grown; this can cause a Prop 65 warning to be required in California. Our ingredients aren't artificially made in a lab, we include whole food plants and vegetables for their natural nutritional benefits.
I don't live in California, why is there a Prop 65 warning on my product?
This notice is required only for California consumers. Other state and federal regulations have levels that do not require a warning, especially for naturally occurring levels of heavy metals. However, as we operate a centralized inventory system and are not able to show this warning only to California purchases, it appears on all products where required, regardless of the consumer's location.