What is the Prop 65 warning?
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65 or “Prop 65” is a state-mandated warning with the purpose of warning consumers in California about potential carcinogenic materials that may be present in products or places. Prop 65 warnings are seen throughout California in a wide range of settings including restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, schools, hospitals, and on a vast variety of consumer products.
It is important to note that Prop 65 does not ban the sale of products containing these chemicals; it only requires a warning in some circumstances.
Why is this warning on JYM products?
The warning is an insulation against what JYM Supplement Science believes are abusive lawsuits that are filed against companies that may have naturally-occurring lead or other heavy metals in their nutritional supplements. Many consumer products, including many household and grocery items, with certain levels of naturally-occurring levels of metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium etc.) or other elements must bear this warning statement on its label.
Does this law apply everywhere?
The “Prop 65” warnings are only required under California law. Prop 65 standards are among the most stringent standards in place anywhere and are often far more demanding than standards by federal or international regulatory agencies. California’s standard for lead, for example, is 20 times lower than the federal government allows in some foods.
Should I be concerned?
As a rule, one should always take heed of all product warnings. While the warning may sound a bit confusing and may cause one to think a product is unsafe, it is important to note that JYM Supplement Science products are manufactured at NSF-certified cGMP facilities with superb attention to detail, safety, and efficacy. The inclusion of the Proposition 65 warning on all JYM Supplement Science products does not mean that a single serving of any product contains dangerous levels of heavy metals. Certain ingredients included in our products, at suggested serving consumption, have naturally occurring metals in them, and it is because of this, JYM products may require a warning. It is merely a warning requirement of the State of California only and a Prop 65 warning does not automatically mean that the product is unsafe.
How are these warnings determined?
The State of California adds chemicals to its Prop 65 list through a prescribed protocol. Prop 65 allows chemicals to be listed in various ways, including through results in animal models.. Oftentimes, these animal studies involve extremely high doses of the chemical in question.
What type of ingredients require a warning?
Many dietary supplements contain substances that require a warning in California. Protein powders, amino acids, and even Vitamin A over certain levels all require a warning.
Why don’t all similar products carry the warning?
A lack of warnings for a product does not necessarily mean that the products is free of the same substances at similar levels. Inconsistent enforcement of Prop 65 often explains why certain products on the market will carry the warning, and other, virtually identical products, do not disclose the warning. There are also exemptions from the warning requirement under the law for companies with fewer than 10 employees.
What steps are taken by JYM Supplement Science to assure product quality?
Each JYM Supplement Science product goes through comprehensive quality assurance procedures, at both the manufacturing laboratory and at third-party testing facilities. Analytical testing is conducted at the conclusion of each batch produced to guarantee product uniformity, compliance, and quality.