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What is Prop 65?

Proposition 65 requires that businesses provide warnings to California residents about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, congenital disabilities, or other reproductive harm.1 These chemicals exist in purchased goods, homes, workplaces, or the environment. Proposition 65 enables California residents to make informed decisions about their exposure to these chemicals.

California Prop 65 Warning

This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

When you see this label, do not be alarmed.

Be Informed!

The Problem

Many of the chemicals that trigger Prop 65 exist in the soil. Yes, they may be dangerous in large amounts, but trace amounts are simply part of nature

Benefits of Dietary Supplements

In most instances, the benefits of dietary supplements outweigh the risks associated with the trace amounts of naturally occurring chemicals associated with them.

Understanding Permissable Amounts

Many of the chemicals listed in the Prop 65 warning are naturally occurring. While these chemicals are dangerous in large amounts, they may also exist in unavoidable trace amounts in nature. Low levels of lead are found in soil, as well as many of the foods and botanical products that are grown within it. Small amounts of lead may also be found in many manufactured food products and dietary supplements sourced from these locations, even though it is not added during the manufacturing process.

The chart below illustrates the amount of lead found in foods compared to the amount found in BioPure® products, and how these totals relate to Prop 65 and FDA limits.3


Source 1

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment – About Proposition 65

Source 2

Heavy Metals in Contaminated Soils: A Review of Sources, Chemistry, Risks and Best Available Strategies for Remediation

Source 3

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Total Diet Study Statistics on Element Results

Source 4

Authority Nutrition – Acrylamide in Coffee: Should You be Concerned

Source 5

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

Source 6

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Apple Juice and Arsenic

Source 7

Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology – Update of US FDA’s Total Diet Study food list diets

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.