We third party test all of our supplements for heavy metals as it is important to us that all of our products are safe.
The FDA has a national threshold of heavy metals deemed safe for consumption. The FDA recommended limit for lead is 2.2 ug (micrograms) per day for children and 8.8 ug per day for women of child bearing age. Women and children are only included in this by the FDA because overconsumption of lead can cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
The reason the threshold is not zero is because it is not possible to remove or completely prevent lead from entering food supply. You can find more information here: https://www.fda.gov/food/metals-and-your-food/lead-food-foodwares-and-dietary-supplements
All of our products are far, far below this threshold and always will be. The Prop 65 warning that you may see on a couple of our products is a requirement in California where there are legislated requirements for warnings like this. California has their own threshold of lead content, which is half a microgram (0.5 ug) per day. This is why this warning is for CA residents only.
It is not possible for us to only put this warning on the bottles bought by Californians therefore we have put the warning on the whole lot.
To summarize, the regulation put forth by the State of California makes it nearly impossible to not have to place a warning on a supplement. There is no way to prevent trace amounts of lead settling into soil and getting absorbed by plants, even certified organic soil.
The trace amounts of lead that is absorbed varies so some batches of our supplements may have a warning and some may not.
Food is actually exempt from having to report lead amounts. Dietary supplements, although a food supplement, are not exempt.
You may also wonder why not all Brands of dietary supplements are providing warnings. There may be a number of reasons for this e.g., they are not testing for heavy metals so are not aware of their supplements contents, they are not labeling even though they are required to, or they are exempt because of some other reason. It is incorrect, however, to think that if a supplement doesn't have a warning label on it that it does not have some trace of lead or other heavy metal. Purely synthetic supplements, not grown in the ground and manufactured in a lab, could have zero heavy metals in it but even this isn't a guarantee.
Herbal Roots however tests every single batch of every product we have to ensure that we never release a product or batch that is not safe for consumption.
I know it can be concerning and I hope this explanation above eases your mind. Of course, we always want you to be comfortable with what you put into your body and the choice of whether or not you choose an Herbal Roots product is yours to make.