For California Residents
PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
At Patterbar, we believe in complete transparency. We dedicate ourselves to sourcing ingredients that are whole, pure, and natural. It is our mission to provide clean, convenient energy, without compromise. We want to empower you with the information and nutritional knowledge necessary to control your health. This is why it is important to talk about Proposition 65, or 'Prop 65', which is a California right-to-know law that endeavors to help consumers make informed decisions about the products they buy and consume.
What is Prop 65?
In 1986, the voters of California passed Prop 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. This includes things like eyeglasses, aspirin, and even furniture! Prop 65 requires the state of California to publish and maintain a list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The list is updated periodically and currently contains over 900 substances. In many circumstances, Prop 65 standards are much stricter than those set by the US FDA.
For chemicals at risk of causing birth defects and reproductive harm, a warning is required at 1/1,000th of ‘no observable effect level.'
For chemicals at risk of causing cancer, a warning is required at levels where a person has regular exposure to that chemical for 70 years would not have more than 1 in 100,000 chance of developing cancer.
Are products with a Prop 65 warning safe?
It is important to understand that products with a Prop 65 warning are not necessarily unsafe, as it is not a food safety law. The threshold exposure limits that the State of California has set for many chemicals within the Prop 65 lists are far below the "safe" limits set by other regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various European health agencies, and the World Health Organization.
All foods that are grown in nature contain trace levels of naturally occurring elements and minerals such as lead and cadmium. Lead and cadmium are naturally occurring in all soils because they are found in the Earth’s crust. Because these minerals, including cadmium and lead, are naturally occurring in the soil, they are absorbed by plants through their roots along with other nutrients. As a result, there may be unavoidable traces occurring in virtually all foods, including fish, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables.
Some products have been found to contain close to Prop 65 daily limits of Lead (0.5 mcg) in a single serving. Here are some examples:
What is Patterbar doing?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health authorities have determined that tiny traces of naturally occurring minerals in foods are unavoidable and do not present a public health risk, threat of injury, or need for warnings. The FDA regularly monitors the amount of cadmium and lead in food and Patterbar ensures that our products safely pass FDA regulations.
Transparency is paramount to us. Our products are tested for quality and purity, and we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that our products are made from the best ingredients available.
If a Patterbar product contains a naturally-occurring chemical in an amount that is above a Proposition 65 threshold, then a required Proposition 65 warning is placed on the product page. Although Patterbar products may require a Proposition 65 warning notice, they are considered safe for daily intake according to the United States Pharmacopeia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various European health agencies, and the World Health Organization.
Where can I get more information on Prop 65?
For general information on a CA Prop 65 list of chemicals and review FAQs from The California regulatory OEHHA’s website, visit: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65