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What is California Prop 65?

Nutiva is proud of and committed to maintaining the highest standards in our products.

As such, we wanted to address heavy metals and protein powders upon the recent report released by the Clean Label Project.

At Nutiva the trust and safety of our consumers is our highest priority and because of this, we are committed to maintaining full transparency with you.

What is California Prop 65?

We’re proud that our products are made with only real, organic whole food plant-based ingredients. At Nutiva, we make every effort to exceed quality, food-safety, and USDA and NOP Organic standards. Our Organic Hemp Protein powder is raw and has always been cold processed. No chemicals, artificial or synthetic ingredients, or additives are used in the processing of our Organic Hemp Protein powders and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies.

What is California Prop 65?
Plants absorb naturally occurring minerals from the soil which can be reflected in the final product.

As the world’s leading certified-organic hemp brand, we source our hemp from dozens of Canada’s organic farmers, whose crops comprise more than ten thousand acres of Canadian farmland. In a polluted world, all food companies must be diligent about how ingredients are sourced.

California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) has very strict limits for trace heavy metals.

It is possible that Nutiva’s Organic Hemp Protein powders and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies may contain trace amounts of naturally occurring lead. In recent laboratory analysis of Nutiva’s Organic Hemp Proteins and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies confirmed the presence of the heavy metal, Lead, between 0.6 -0.8ug/serving.

These results are slightly above the CA Prop 65 limit of 0.5ug/day and 12-13 times lower than FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations) and WHO (World Health Organization) standards.

As a result, Nutiva is required to label its Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies with the following statement:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

This statement is intended for consumers to understand the transparency that Nutiva has between the product and the consumers, and should not be omitted on Nutiva’s Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies. (For more information regarding CA Proposition 65, click HERE.)

Arsenic, Mercury, and Cadmium have the CA Prop 65 Safe Harbor Levels:

  • Cadmium: <4.1μg/day
  • Arsenic: <10μg/day
  • Mercury: <0.3μg/day

Each serving of Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder and Organic Plant Protein Superfood Smoothies is below the CA Prop 65 Safe Harbor Levels as listed above and do not exceed these levels per serving.

It should be noted that the Clean Label Project has come under heavy scrutiny following their report with legal actions pressing.

Nutiva ensures all of our products are safe, compliant, and meet with our own rigorous internal standards, as well as all government regulations.

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  1. Nikki says:

    Thank you so much for addressing this! It was really important to me in deciding whether or not to order your product. Please continue to be diligent about where your foods are sourced, their quality, and transparency with consumers.

  2. Allan Lambert says:

    Thank you for clarifying this. I became concerned when i saw the prop 65 label on a batch of hemp protein a purchase from Nutiva. Please continue to be honest and transparent with you products.

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you. I stopped buying your products after reading the Clean Label Project study (I was averaging 2 servings per day of your hemp protein) and feel better about considering resuming purchasing.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Thanks for reconsidering, Christine, we’re glad to hear it!

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