Bedrock Bakers is required to include this warning due to California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Prop 65. This law mandates that a variation of this warning is included on a variety of products including chocolate, coffee, protein powders, and packaged foods, as well as almost every building. If you are a California resident, you are likely familiar with this warning. To learn more about Prop 65 and its implications, we have provided some resources for your reference. Now, let's delve into how this warning relates to Bedrock Bakers and our products.
WHAT IS PROP 65?
At Bedrock Bakers, we want to ensure that our customers are fully informed about California's "right to know" law, Proposition 65. This law mandates that companies must disclose if their products, including food, contain or could expose consumers to any of the chemicals on the state's list. It is important to note that this warning is specific to California and not required in other states.
California Prop 65 has identified over 900 chemicals, including heavy metals such as lead, as potential carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. Unfortunately, these types of chemicals occur naturally & organically in soil and water and are often found in commonly eaten foods, even though they are not intentionally added. The limits established by Prop 65 are more stringent than those set by the FDA and the EFSA, making it challenging for many foods to meet the guidelines.
Proposition 65 sets more stringent limits than those established by the FDA and the EFSA, making it difficult for many foods to comply with the guidelines. Heavy metals are unavoidable in the environment, and trace amounts are present in nearly all types of soil-grown foods, including commonly consumed vegetables such as brussels sprouts, spinach, and collard greens. As a result, these vegetables may contain lead levels that exceed the safe harbor limits established under Prop 65.
BEDROCK BAKERS PRODUCTS
The Prop 65 warning label on our products pertains to Cassava flour which contains trace amounts of lead, a naturally occurring element in soils that can be absorbed to varying degrees by the plants, including cassava. Due to the presence of lead in soil, plants of all types may naturally contain lead and other metals in trace amounts through no act of adulteration.
At Bedrock Bakers, we want our customers to know that all our products are in full compliance with federal guidelines for heavy metals. It is worth noting that the USDA recommended intake of 3-5 servings of vegetables daily could lead to lead exposures that are multiples higher than the safe harbor set under California Prop 65 (0.5 micrograms per day).
As a company committed to transparency, Bedrock Bakers wants to ensure that our customers are aware of this law and its implications for our products. We hold ourselves to high standards in our ingredients and production processes, and we would never offer a product that we wouldn't personally consume.