What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 (formally titled “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”) is a California law that was passed by voters in 1986 .
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals may be present in products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or released into the environment.
Warning signs are required in places (gas stations, enclosed parking facilities, dental offices, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, etc.) and on products (alcoholic beverages, passenger and off-highway vehicles, furniture products, food and dietary supplement products, etc.) to warn consumers of the presence of these potentially harmful chemicals.
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Warning signs are now required in many different businesses in California, such as in enclosed parking garages, amusement parks and on food and dietary supplement products.
The Prop 65 chemical list, which is required to be updated at least once per year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. Chemicals found on the list range from synthetic chemicals to elemental impurities which can be naturally occurring in organic ingredients.
Proposition 65 does not require warning signs posted on your tap water, although according to California State law [2&3], the action level of 15 ppb (mcg/L) set for lead (Pb) exceeds the daily intake level allowed by the FDA in food by over 2.5 times. If we take this one step further and examine how much lead an average person might consume on a daily basis, we find a staggering level of 40 mcg lead intake/day, which is 80 times what Prop 65 allows for dietary supplements (0.5 mcg lead intake/day) and almost 7 times the FDA recommended limit of 6 mcg lead intake/day.
All QNL products that bear the Prop 65 warning signs have lead levels that are well within the FDA/USP acceptable limits for lead (except for two products, see below). However, we are still required to place a warning sign on products due to Prop 65 requirements.
ICP-MS is an extremely sensitive and accurate analytical technique used for determining lead content, but it cannot distinguish between “bound lead” and “free lead” in product samples. It can only detect total lead. This is an important distinction because “bound lead” is not typically absorbed by the body whereas “free lead” may be absorbed.
One QNL product, Quantum Detox, contains bentonite clay derived from the earth. Bentonite clay has a unique crystalline structure and an overall negative charge on its surface . Any lead ions (Pb2+) present in bentonite are trapped inside these crystalline structures and are therefore well