We believe in transparency and trust that is earned (not automatic), which is why all of our suppliers and finished products are Certified Organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA Certified Organic testing process is rigorous and costly. It’s a process that only about 2% of companies in our industry undertake.
But we believe it is important, because we ourselves would want that trust, transparency, and verification. These are products we consume ourselves, we give to our family members, friends, nieces and nephews.
We also want to be helpful in understanding California's Proposition 65 laws.
WHAT IS PROP 65?
Under California state law, businesses are required to advise customers of any exposure to elements (even naturally occurring) that could potentially cause an impact to their wellbeing. This requirement only applies to our Californian community and not the rest of our global community residing outside California. Californians see Prop 65 statements everywhere, including Starbucks, Erewhon, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s (just to name a few).
While Skipwith Organics products are not impacted by the Prop 65 labeling requirement (we are not a California-based business), Skipwith Organics products do fall under the Prop 65 category. Said category is extremely broad and applies to many industries (soap, food, furniture, hotels, coffee shops, doctors offices, etc.) it is not a warning about our specific products.
Put simply, in nature, plants contain trace amounts of natural elements including cadmium and lead. These are absorbed through the soil, water, or air while growing in the earth, leading to their presence in the final plant-based ingredient. As each serving of Skipwith Organics products have large amounts of organic plants we are required to display the Prop 65 statement.
HOW WE ENSURE PRODUCT SAFETY
Rest assured, all Skipwith Organics suppliers and products go through rigorous third-party certifications and testing. Most notably, all Skipwith Organics products are Certified Organic by the US Department of Agriculture at the farm level, at the manufacturing level, and again at the final product level.
We are also fully aligned with California.gov's recommendation on how to counteract these potential exposures: "eat a well-balanced diet with adequate calcium, iron and vitamin C, which can help reduce the amount of lead that your body absorbs."
So now after this very long explanation on why, in accordance with California state law we must say the following: 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 www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.