California Prop 65

Why are you seeing this warning on certain Laird Superfood Products?

Some of Laird Superfood’s products contain “heavy metal minerals” absorbed from the environment which the State of California requires our company (and many others) to feature the Proposition 65 warning label for food products containing lead content. While we understand the importance of this law, we respectfully disagree with its broad designation and would like our valued consumers to compare the lead content found in Laird Superfood products with other common whole foods.

Source: FDA

What is Prop 65?

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 known as Prop 65 is an initiative that was passed in California that requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or reproductive harm. Since 1986 the list has grown to include about 800 chemicals. The state of California designates a maximum allowable level of each chemical per day referred to as a safe harbor limit. These limits are then calculated with a threshold of 1,000 times below an observable effect limit. The observable effect limit is often calculated with animal studies. These limits set by California are much more stringent than nationally and internationally recognized limits presented by FDA, EPA, WHO and EU.

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Are Laird Superfood Products Safe? 

Yes. Food safety is our #1 priority. We follow the strict guidelines set forth by Federal Drug Administration (FDA). We strive to ensure that our products will include minimal heavy metal content by following industry-leading manufacturing practices and do not introduce any contaminants during the production process. 

Do other similar products contain the same levels? 

There are many common foods that in their pure form do not meet the prop 65 limits set by the state of California. The average levels of lead found in the following foods is displayed below and as you can see they are well above the limits established by California.

Why do other products that look like they contain the same ingredients not have a warning? 

A lack of a warning on a product does not necessarily mean that the product is free from those substances or that it falls below the specified limit. At Laird Superfood we take special care to ensure that we follow all relevant regulations applicable to the places our product is purchased and used. For that reason, we display a warning with regards to our lead levels. We are dedicated to continuing to be a transparent company that you can trust to always be providing the highest quality and safest products we can.