Proposition 65 was passed in 1986 with the intention of increasing accountability and preventing people and companies from dumping toxic material in California waters. It is known as "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986," and it enforces the idea that people have the right to know about the presence of dangerous chemicals in their food and water. On this basic level, it is a well-spirited law which we enthusiastically support. However in practice it is misleading and inconsistent, creating a culture of endless warnings and resource draining lawsuits.
Chemicals recognized by the State of California to contain carcinogens or cause reproductive harm are subject to the requirements of Prop 65 and one of the most cited chemicals is lead, which naturally occurs in soil, water, and the ocean. According to prop 65 the content of lead has particularly stringent regulations, requiring a warning if its presence exceeds 0.5 micrograms in any given product per day. This is nearly 1,000 times lower than the amount known to cause reproductive harm according to the federal government.
This law has been proven by numerous industries as impossible to comply with, and for this reason we have opted to not ship to California. Please be assured that all Herbs of Light products easily meet federally mandated safety levels for lead and we have safety standards in place using state-of-the-art technologies.