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    WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to cadmium, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

    Why is there a warning on your chocolate products?

    • The warning is to comply with California’s Prop 65.
    What is Prop 65?
    • Prop 65 is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. It requires products to carry warning labels if they exceed the state established safety levels for a list of hundreds of chemicals.
    Do you use chemicals in your processing and manufacturing?
    • No. No Prop 65 chemicals are added to our products.
    So, why the warning?
    • Included in the list of chemicals are some naturally occuring minerals. In chocolate, the heavy metal content, including cadmium, is the concern. The warning pertains to all Eating Evolved products containing chocolate.
    These are naturally occurring minerals?
    • Yes. Cocoa trees absorb nutrients and minerals of the soil in which they are grown.
    Doesn’t Prop 65 have an exemption for naturally occurring instances of the listed chemicals?
    • Yes, it does! Unfortunately, it is written in such a way that it shifts the burdens of proof to a near impossible standard. With other industry leaders taking part in settlements, we cannot rely on a coordinated effort in defense of natural chocolate attributes. 
    So is your chocolate safe?
    • Absolutely! The level of cadmium within a serving of our dark chocolate is many hundreds of times lower than the level of no-observed-effects for oral cadmium intake.
    What does the State of California consider a safe level for cadmium?
    • California takes the highest level of no-observed-effects and divides that by 1000. When compared to standards set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO), and European Union (EU); Prop 65 is, by far, the most strict regulation.
    What now?
    • Industry standards and practices may change as new studies and processes are tested. We are working with our partners to address the concerns of Prop 65. Rest assured, Eating Evolved will continue to provide simple and safe products.