Prop 65 and FAQs

Enacted in 1986, it is officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of California. Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in products that are purchased or in the environment, homes or worksites. Each chemical is assessed separately and restricted at different levels or amounts.
 
When Prop 65 went into effect in 1986, there were 30 chemicals on the list required to have this warning. By 2013, the list had grown to over 903 chemicals.  

As it relates to food, Prop 65 does not distinguish between natural and artificial products. Although, it excludes “naturally occurring” chemicals in foods, that term does not include man-made pollutants that may end up in natural products through processes outside of the manufacturer’s control.
 
The chemical in question for Health Plus Colon Cleanse is lead from Psyllium Husk. Although lead is inherent in Psyllium through the natural growth process, with only 0.5 mcg., we are required to put the Prop 65 Reproductive Harm warning label in California.  
It is important to note that while these limits are in place for the consumer’s safety, the OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) recognizes that the 0.5 mcg. consumption limit on lead is 1,000 lower than what is referred to as ‘safe exposure’ amounts. This means that when tested on humans and animals, by law, it would take 1,000 more lead than 0.5mcg. to have any observable effects on the reproductive system.
 
Lead is found in many, many different plants. It is very common for lead to enter soil through some water sources, fertilizers or pollutants and it is not uncommon for it to show up as naturally occurring in many dietary supplements with herbs. Health Plus makes every effort to ensure the quality and safety of our products. Health Plus is a FDA Registered facility. We follow and adhere to all federal and state standards for quality inspection and product testing.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Proposition 65, go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prop 65?

Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986

  • Proposition 65 is a California ballot initiative, commonly known as prop 65, that was designed to prevent toxic chemicals in California waters. This proposition was voted on, in 1986 and has now grown to cover all consumer products and environmental exposure.
  • Prop 65 applies to any product or service received or used in California. As applied to foods, Prop 65 makes no distinction between natural and artificial products. Although, it excludes “naturally occurring” chemicals in foods, that term does not include man made pollutants that may end up in natural products through processes outside of the manufacturer’s control. Prop 65 does not distinguish between chemicals that result from natural phenomena like volcanic activity; chemicals that result from worldwide soil, water, and air pollution that are naturally absorbed by plants; those that are the result of local / regional problems like pesticide overspray or chemicals leaks those that are intentionally applies like synthetic fertilizers and pesticides; and those that are introduced later in drying or processing.
  • Prop 65 also does not limit in any ways either the types or amounts of chemicals that can be put into a product, as long as the warning is given. Nor does the warning have to disclose the kinds or amounts of chemicals in the products. If the regulatory “safe harbor” warning is given, then the seller is deemed to have complied with the law.
  • Consumer Product Exposure: This covers all types of products including; food, drug, cosmetic, and medical device products. Also, other types of consumer products such as toys, jewelry, personal care, and other non-food items.
  • Environmental Exposure: This covers all different type of possible environmental exposure such as; exhaust from vehicles, possible construction or workplace exposure, toxins or possible chemicals in buildings or homes.


What amounts are required to have the warning?

  • When prop 65 went into effect in 1986 there were 30 chemicals on the list of chemicals required to have this warning and now in 2013 the list has grown to over 903 chemicals. The amounts required to have the warning differ per chemical. The chemical in question for Health Plus’ Colon Cleanse is lead from Psyllium husk. Although lead is inherent in Psyllium through the natural growth process, with only 0.5mcg, it is still required of us to put the prop 65 reproductive harm warning on the label in California

  • It is important to understand that while these limits are set in place for the consumers safety, the OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) recognizes that the consumption limits (“safe harbor limits”) on lead (0.5mcg) are 1,000 lower than “ safe exposure” amounts. This means that when tested on humans and animals, by law it would take 1,000 times more lead than 0.5mcg to have any observable effects on the reproductive system.

 

  • Lead is found in many, many different plants. It is very common for lead to enter the soil through sources such as pollutants and it is not uncommon for it to show up as naturally occurring in many dietary supplements with herbs. Health Plus puts forth its best efforts to ensure the quality and safety of our products. The amount of lead in Psyllium husk would need to be 1,000 times greater than the actual content found in Psyllium (0.5mcg) to have any observable effect.


Should I be concerned?

  • Yes, when discussing your health or any possible harm a product or environment may cause your body, it is always wise to be concerned and knowledgeable.

 

  • Health Plus is a FDA Registered facility. We follow all federal and state standards for quality inspection and product testing. Since 1981 we have put forth the best effort to ensure the safety of all our products and guarantee top quality testing.

 

  • It is important to understand that while these limits are set in place for the consumers safety, the OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) recognizes that the consumption limits (“safe harbor limits”) on lead (0.5mcg) are 1,000 lower than “ safe exposure” amounts. This means that when tested on humans and animals, by law it would take 1,000 times more lead than 0.5mcg to have any observable effects on the reproductive system.


Why do some products of similar content have warnings and some do not?

  • Prop 65 actions can be brought by the California Attorney General or other public or private entities, or anyone who chooses to bring suit “in the public interest”. This means at any point a company can be involved in a lawsuit resulting in the warning being placed or come to a settlement. A lot of companies are also putting warnings up as new chemicals become a part of the list.


There are also some exceptions to the proposition

  • If your company has 10 or less employees, you are exempt from having to place the warning, regardless of the levels of chemicals
  • Prescription drugs are also exempt from providing a prop 65 warning.


Are Health Plus products tested regularly for leads and other chemicals?

  • Health Plus uses very extensive and thorough testing methods, along with multiple testing requirements from our vendors. Whether the ingredients are coming from overseas or coming to us domestically, we require them to be tested before the product ships. Once received the product is quarantined, and tested again. If it meets standards the product is released for production. After the manufacturing process, the finished goods are put into quarantine and tested again.
  • Psyllium Husk has very low amounts of naturally occurring lead from the growth process. Lead can be found in soils around the world, the same soils used to grow and harvest crops. Lead is never intentionally added during the manufacturing process. Fortunately the amount present in our Psyllium husk is 1,000 less than the “safe exposure” amount. This means that when tested on humans and animals, by law it would take 1,000 times more lead than 0.5 mcg to have any effects on the reproductive system.


Does Health Plus put lead in the products?

  • No, Health Plus does not add or intentional use leads in any of its products. Lead is naturally occurring in many dietary supplements as a part of the herbs growth process. Thing such as soil fertilizers and water contain traces of leads, these traces make their way into the plants they are nourishing, such as Psyllium husk.


Where can I find out more?