Proposition 65

Safe & Sound® supplements

Safe & Sound products embrace the stringent standards of California Proposition 65 as among the most important health protection laws in America. Every Safe & Sound product meets the safety standards of Proposition 65. We consider it be the most egregious form of corporate greed to sell products that can cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

About Proposition 65

California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. Passage of Proposition 65 empowered the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to create safety requirements for heavy metals and pesticides to make up for weaknesses and loopholes in industry regulations. Proposition 65 is still considered the gold standard when it comes to protecting consumers including those not yet born from pathogens toxins.

The law requires that all supplements sold in California be tested for and meet Prop 65 safety standards or carry a label saying warning that they contain chemicals “that can cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm”. But the warning label is only required on products sold in California. Products containing these chemicals do not require a warning label when sold outside of California.

Supplement companies are free to meet the more stringent Proposition 65 requirements, as Safe & Sound does, with all its products even if the products are not all sold in California.

Not all manufacturers, however, choose to upgrade their product safety by undertaking the cost, care and effort required to meet Proposition 65 standards. In California, you will hopefully see a warning on their product label but if you are not in California, the package will not warn you about higher levels of heavy metals contamination or pesticide residue.

Is my current supplement Proposition 65 compliant?

Some products, like Safe & Sound, will state on the label that they meet Proposition 65. That’s a good start.

If there is nothing about Proposition 65 on the label, you can do a little internet detective work.

Type your supplement company name and the term Proposition 65 into your browser, e.g. “Jones Nutritional Company Proposition 65”.

You will likely get a web page that cannot be otherwise accessed from their site entitled Proposition 65. What you see on that page will tell you a lot.

If the site embraces the safety benefits of Proposition 65, that’s a good sign.

If, however, you see a lot of squirming about it being too costly, doesn’t really matter etc. our advice is run, don’t walk.

It’s a matter of corporate culture and you may need to read between the lines. If the company does not wholeheartedly endorse the high, Proposition 65 standards for product safety, that is not a good sign, especially if you live outside California.

If you still aren’t certain I suggest an email or letter (i.e., in writing) asking “Do all of your products comply with Proposition 65”?  It’s a straightforward question that’s easy to answer.

Still not sure where your current supplement company stands with Proposition 65? Then it’s probably time to give Safe & Sound a try. There is no question where we stand on safety standards.