About Eclectic Products
Founded by a naturopathic physician in 1982, we grow certified organic herbs on our pristine 90 acre farm in rural Oregon, and then fresh freeze-dry them ourselves in our large scale freeze-driers. We are a vertically integrated company and control every step of our production process ourselves. We pride ourselves on maintaining extremely high standards and on the quality of our supplements. Our products are as close to the fresh plant as possible; the freeze-drying process keeps the plants' nutrients in the same ratios as found in nature without the degradation that air-drying causes.
What is Proposition 65?
Prop 65 is a law in California that requires businesses operating or selling within the State of California to warn residents of possible exposure to a list of over 800 chemicals. The limits of these chemicals are set at 1000 times lower than the No Significant Risk Levels (NSRLs). NSRLs are the lowest amount of a chemical or other compound that have shown no harm to reproductive health, no birth defects, and no cancer in animal studies.
Prop 65 excludes “naturally occurring” chemicals and minerals in plants and foods, however to prove that a compound is "naturally occurring" costs companies millions of dollars and steep legal fees. Even where Federal safety standards are clearly met, if there is any likelihood that any of the other 800+ compounds on California’s list might exceed California’s “safe harbor” levels, then a Prop 65 warning is the only way to avoid expensive lawsuits.
What is a Prop 65 warning?
The State of California requires the following warning "This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm"
Are supplements with the Prop 65 warning unsafe?
A Prop 65 warning does not mean that the use of an individual product will cause cancer or reproductive harm when used as directed. There is much debate over what a toxic level or a cumulative toxic level of each different substance is. An example, for reproductive toxins the stated level requiring a warning label is 1000 times lower than the lowest level at which animal studies reported no reproductive health effect. At this dose, the risk of harm may be very low, yet a product still requires the Prop 65 warning.
An example of this is lead. The proposition 65 limit for lead is 0.5 mcg per day. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe limit for lead in drinking water is 15 mcg/L per day. To help with perspective on how some of the standards set by Proposition 65 are extremely low, many plant foods contain naturally-occurring lead from the soil it was grown in. One ounce of dark chocolate can contain about 0.6 mcg of lead, which would exceed the safe limit of lead by Prop 65 standards.