What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 (or "Prop 65"), is a California law officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. California's only "right-to-know" law, Prop 65, requires that all California products sold online or in California be accompanied by a warning about possible exposure to any of the more than 1,000 substances that are listed as causing cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list includes both synthetic and naturally occurring chemicals found in household products, such as food, medication, and other products. If you are ordering a product that contains a chemical that is on the Prop 65 list from and the ship-to address is in California, you will be notified prior to checkout that the product can expose you to a chemical that is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. A California Proposition 65 warning must be given to products containing lead, mercury, or any other of the 1000+ listed substances If your shipping address is in California, you must agree that you understand and consent to the following which applies to every product we ship to California:

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California Proposition 65 WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals, including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For further information go to

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Prop 65 warnings may be required for any product that exposes an individual in California to any chemical listed under the law. This is not just about food but includes any item that has the possibility of having any of these "chemicals". This includes computers, electrical wires, jewelry, padlocks, schools, dishes, flashlights, coffee shops, clothing, cars, restaurants, mobile phones, TV’s, furniture, alcohol, diesel engines, amusement parks, parking lots, hardware stores, gas stations, hospitals, etc. Even testosterone and estrogen, which are naturally produced by your body are listed under Prop 65.

Prop 65 does not ban any products from being sold in California; it simply requires warning labels or signage whenever exposure could cause more than “one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical over a 70-year lifetime.” Even if a substance is present in an amount 1,000 times below the “no observable effect” level a Prop 65 warning must be displayed.

Lawsuits to enforce Prop 65 against manufacturers may be instituted by the State of California, or much more frequently by private “bounty hunters” and their attorneys who profit from the law. Recently, the dietary supplement industry has been subject to aggressive enforcement by private Proposition 65 bounty hunters over the alleged lead and other heavy metals contained in various supplements and food.

Lead is a naturally occurring element that is found throughout the environment, including in soils where it can be taken up by plants and herbs. Many plants, plant extracts, and minerals used in dietary supplement products contain some level of lead, which is a chemical listed under Proposition 65. Detectable lead can also be found in a variety of food products that are generally considered part of a healthy diet, including fruit juice, seaweed, ginger, and chocolate, all of which have also been the subject of Proposition 65 enforcement.

Under federal laws, the federal government cannot take action to limit the use of a chemical unless it has been proven unsafe. So, a chemical is generally considered safe unless there is scientific evidence to the contrary. But under California Prop 65, the presumption of culpability is flipped so a company must prove its product is safe and free of every chemical listed under Prop 65.

The reason you now see this label on our products is, after many years and many lawsuits, the attorneys are running out of companies in California to sue. So, they have begun pursuing companies outside of the state that ship product to California.

The FDA, USDA, European Union, and World Health Organization do not agree with the California Prop 65 law and have found no scientific merit to back it up.

Everything we eat contains tiny amounts of heavy metals (defined as chemicals under Prop 65) since they naturally occur in the environment. The FDA has set guidelines on what is considered safe and laboratory testing of our products is done to ensure they not only meet but exceed these limits.

Prop 65 was originally created by the state of California to protect the consumer, but some lawyers have taken advantage for their own profit. In 2008 the average settlement was $123,000 and for those companies that try to defend themselves in court, the costs have been even higher. Most of these settlement costs end up in the pockets of the attorneys, who brought the case, as legal fees. For this reason, we have been forced to put the warnings on any product listings when the state of California is the shipping destination even if the naturally occurring levels of heavy metals are well below Prop 65 levels.

We hope this information helps settle any concerns you may have about Prop 65 and the warnings.

To learn more about California Prop 65 please visit these sites


The list of companies and products cited for non-compliance of Prop 65 is long and growing. Below are a few examples of companies in the nutritional supplement industry that have been pursued because of Prop 65 alleged violations:

4Life Research
Absolute Nutrition
Advanced Nutrient Science
Advanced Physicians Formula (NHK Laboratories)
Advocare International
AIM International
AL Global Corporation
Alfa Vitamins Lab
ALL ONE Nutritech
Aloe Vera of America
Amazon Herb Company American Body Building Products
American BodyBuilding Products
Arbonne International (Arbonne Essentials)
Arise & Shine Herbal Products
Aspen Group
AST Sport Science
ATF Fitness Products
Atrium Inc.
Ayush Herbs
Baseline Nutritionals
Beauty & Health International
Betty Lou’s
Biotics Research Corporation
Bristol Farms Pure Synergy
Bronson Nutritionals
Ceautamed Worldwide
Cell-Nique Corporation
CGNP Manufacturing
Champion Nutrition
Chi’s Enterprise
Continental Vitamin Company
Creations Garden Natural Products
DEVA Nutrition
DNS Nutrition
Dr. Health
Dr. Mercola
Dr. Schulze’s American Botanical Pharmacy
EarthLab (Wise Woman Herbals)
Forever Living
FreeLife International
Full Green Circle
Garden of Life
General Nutrition Centers
Genesis Pure
Genesis Today
Genisoy Food Company
GHC ND Operations
Ginco International
Global Healing Center
Golden Flower Chinese Herbs
Golden Neo-Life Diamite International
Good Life International
Great American Products
Greens World
Health Body Services
Health Plus
Healthy Body Services
Healthy Directions
Healthy Healing
Healthy Natural Systems International
Heritage Health Products Company
ICA Health (Dr. Wilson’s Original Formulations)
ICC Industries
Inner Health Group
Institute for Vibrant Living
Integrated Sports Science
Integrity Health Group
ISI Brands
It Works Global
Jarrow Formulas
Kan Herb Company
Konsyl Pharmaceuticals
Kraft Foods
Labrada Nutrition
Life Extension (XtendOLife)
Life Force International
Living Intentions
LuckyVitamin Corporation
MacroLife Naturals
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition
MET-Rx Engineered Nutrition
Mountain Rose Herbs
Natura Health Products
Naturade Operating Corporation
Natural Organics
Nature’s Answer (Greens Today, Tru Cleanse, etc.)
Nature’s Best
Nature’s Bounty
Nature’s Herb Company
Nature’s Plus
Nature’s Sunshine Products
Nature’s Way Products
Navitas Naturals
New England Greens
Nu Skin Enterprises
NuCare International
Nutraceutical Corporation
Nutri-Well International
Optimum Nutrition
Organic By Nature
Organic India USA
Ortho Molecular Products
Promax Nutrition Corporation
Pure Planet Products
Quick Trim
Raw Indulgence
ReNew Life Formulas
Rexal Sundown
Robbins Research International
Self Health Resource Center (Dr. Clark Store)
Seychelles Organics
Sonne’s Organic Foods
Sunfood Superfoods
Sunrider International
Sunsweet Growers
Supreme Protein
Symmetry Corporation
Tao of Wellness
The Clean Program Corp.
The Synergy Company
Trace Minerals Research
TRC Nutritional Laboratories
Ultimate Nutrition
United Herbal Sciences
United States Nutrition
Vega (Sequel Naturals)
Vibrant Health
Visual Sciences
Vital Pharmaceuticals
Vitamin Power
Vitamin Research Products
Vitamin Shoppe
VitaTech International
Wellness Watchers Global
WellNX Life Sciences
Western Botanicals
Wholistic Botanicals
Windmill Health Products
World Health Products
Yerba Prima

A Few Distributors:
DPS Nutrition
Swanson Health Products