Why is there a Prop 65 label on our product?
California’s Proposition 65 is a state law that applies only in California and that requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to certain substances that may cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. One of these is cadmium, a naturally occurring mineral present in soil and water.
Like many foods, shellfish (including oysters, mussels, clams, and scallops) may contain traces of cadmium, lead, and other natural elements that are found in the seawater where the shellfish are raised, which is why the Prop 65 warning label is present on our packaging.
In high levels, cadmium can be toxic, but research suggests that our bodies only absorb around 6% of the cadmium we consume. Furthermore, Zinc, which oysters and other shellfish are rich in, may decrease cadmium absorption and mitigate its adverse effects.
For more information about California Proposition 65, please visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.