California Prop 65 Warning

Dear California Customers that purchase our Irish Moss and Bladderwrack products.

There is a new requirement for companies to add a warning label on products sold in a state of California if they contain any of more than 950 chemicals, metals, and other man-made and naturally occurring substances at levels deemed unsafe by California’s Proposition 65.

Our Products haven’t changed- you are still getting dried sea vegetables from Gulf of Maine and the North Atlantic.

The reason for the label is the presence of heavy metals in our air, our soil, and our oceans. Seaweeds seem to absorb them as another mineral to get bound up in fibers and polysaccharides of the plant. Seaweeds, as well as other natural, whole foods, often contain small amounts of heavy metals, absorbed from the soil or waters in which they grow. And there is evidence that the organically bound metals found in seaweeds and other natural, whole foods may not be fully available to the body during digestion.

The goal of Proposition 65 is important, but Prop 65 warnings (they appear not only on food products, but on furniture, in restaurants and building lobbies, on clothing, and many, many other places) have confused some customers, since a warning “does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements,’ according to the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Prop 65 standards are specific to California only, and are in any cases lower than those set by other governments and agencies, such as the European Union and the World Health Organization.

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WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to