prop65 Explanation on Labels

In 1986, California passed a law commonly known as Proposition 65. Formally titled "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986," this proposition sought to prevent businesses form exposing consumers to certain toxins without providing a warning. Lead and PCBs were two such toxins.

PCBs are associated with marine-derived products, such as fish oil.  For PCB warnings, there is no safe harbor level associated with reproductive health; in other words, any level of PCBs need bear a warning to this effect.  The second warning, regarding cancer, is based on an established limit of 90 nanograms per day.

Two levels were also outlined for lead: Any foods or nutriional supplements that exceed 0.5 micrograms (1/1000 of a gram) of lead per serving require warming labels that state:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Any foods or nutritional supplements containing more than 15 micrograms per serving require warning labels that state:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer. 

Many organizational bodies have extensively studied acceptable lead consumption or exposure levels, leading to many differing conclusions.  Other first world nations and international organizations place different advisable limits on the lead content of consumables than do the United States or the State of California.  For example, The World Health Organization (WHO) allows 3.75 ug lead/kg body weight/day -- equivalent to 250 ug/day for the average weight.

This number is 500 times as high as the Proposition 65 daily limit.

Vigenics has sought to always keep our customers informed and our manufacturer is proud to guarantee the qualify of each and every one of their formulas.

Our goal is to provide our customers with as many natural ingredients as possible.  At this time, there are no technology that allows for extraction of lead while keeping the integrity of the active and beneficial compounds within a natural ingredient.

 You will see that any formula that contains more than 0.5 mcg of lead per day has the Prop 65 warning on the label, and that any marine-derived product bears a similar PCB warning.  While these warnings are not required for product sales in other states, we do sell in California.

We have therefore chosen to label all relevant products, regardless of final place of sale, in compliance with California state law.  We feel that this effort will greatly reduce the burden of monitoring and tracking which specific bottles are shipped to California.

Thank you for your support and understanding to this matter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Best Regards,