Why is there a California warning on my SunRidge Farms item?
In order to inform our customers, we now label our products sold in California, organic and natural products, with a California Proposition 65 warning.
California Prop 65 is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Cal H&S Code §§25249.5 et seq.). Companies are required to place a warning label on any product they sell within the State of California which can expose a consumer to one or more chemicals which the State of California has determined can cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. California’s Prop 65 list currently contains approximately 900 chemicals. (https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list)
Safety and quality are top priorities for SunRidge Farms. All of SunRidge Farms’ organic products are certified organic and grown with traditional, organic agricultural practices. Many of the elements that triggered this California Prop 65 labeling requirement are naturally occurring minerals and are present in soil around the globe to varying degrees and as such can be absorbed by plants grown in that soil.
Acrylamide, mentioned in the warning above, is not an ingredient of a SunRidge product, but rather is a chemical that can form in some foods during the cooking processes, such as roasting or baking. (https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list)
In addition, the standards for a Prop 65 warning for lead as set by California are specific to the State of California and are not the same as, indeed the limits are lower than, the higher limits for intake content by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canada and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Many common foods have trace levels of lead and cadmium, including dairy, meats, grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and canned or prepared foods. In many instances these common foods exceed the established Prop 65 warning standards.
Are SunRidge Farms foods safe?
We wish to make it clear that the new Prop 65 requirements have not changed or affected the integrity or composition of any of our SunRidge products. All of our SunRidge products continue to retain the same attention and importance in our approaches to the safety of our community, facility, ingredients and processes as we have for over 35 years.
We continue to source the highest quality, nutrient-dense foods from around the world and focus on having the best tools and systems in place to ensure quality, safety and consistency for each of the products we produce.
All of SunRidge Farms’ organic products are certified organic and grown with traditional, organic agricultural practices.
We’re pleased to demonstrate our commitment to quality and safety by achieving Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) / Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification for our facility in Royal Oaks, California. HACCP is a scientific process control system for identifying and preventing biological, chemical and physical hazards in the food production and distribution process. We test our products on a regular basis as part of HACCP and SQF Level 2 programs.
Thank you from all of us,