Prop 65 Warning

What is Proposition 65?

In 1986, the voters of California passed Proposition 65 also known as the Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, which applies not only to water, but also to consumer goods sold in California. Proposition 65 requires the state of California to publish and maintain a list of chemicals knows to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The list is updated periodically and currently contains over 800 substances. The most recent list and other Prop 65 information are available on OEHHA’s website: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html.

All Organic Food Bar products fall within FDA suggested guidelines for any/all of the chemicals listed on Proposition 65 and can be safely ingested. We are required by law under the California Proposition 65 to past warnings on certain products that, when used, would result in exposure to any one or more than 800 substances recognized by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity over the above extremely low limits as set by the Proposition. Civil for violation of the Act are $2,500 per day, and enforcement is permitted by private individuals (AKA bounty hunters) who are entitled to keep 25% of what they can collect through lawsuits.

Organic Food Bar branded products covered by this Proposition 65 Warning include:

Those products that include a reference to Proposition 65 or one of the warnings on their label

  • Any Product that includes the following ingredients: rice
  • Any product identified here from time to time
  • Any products sold by Organic Food Bar Inc. in light of the fact that one of more of the chemicals identified on http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html maybe present in such products, whether because it is found in the environment or otherwise

Nearly ALL foods contain certain levels of one of more of the following: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
Ironically, the amounts established by Proposition 65 are less than that what occurs naturally in numerous fruits, vegetables and water. The Proposition 65 standards are so tough that the following natural products are in violation of Proposition 65:

Yams, turnips, apples, artichokes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, corn and many more fruits and vegetables. For instance, carrots contain as much as 12.80 micrograms of arsenic in a one cup serving; green beans contain as much as 28.75 micrograms of lead in a one cup serving, 56 times the allowable limit.

The limits established by Proposition 65 are as follows:

  • Arsenic: 10 micrograms
  • Cadmium: 4.1 micrograms
  • Lead: 0.5 micrograms
  • Mercury: 0.3 micrograms

Supplements, bar and food products containing all natural ingredients are naturally going to contain these substances.

Evidence indicates that any of the above that maybe present is there only as a results of the environment conditions in which vegetables are grown, and thus occur naturally in products.