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DJ&A values food safety highly and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of its products. As part of the natural growing process foods grown in soil contain tiny amounts of naturally occurring elements such as cadmium, which are found in the soil. Plants absorb these minerals, along with other essential nutrients, through their roots and as a result, trace levels of these minerals may be present in many food items including  fish, meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The state of California has implemented a law called the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65. This law, which only applies to California consumers, mandates that any product sold in the state must carry warning labels about exposure to a list of substances listed by the state. The warnings required by Prop 65 are sometimes triggered by even trace amounts of listed chemicals.

The levels set by California’s Prop 65 laws are much lower than the safe levels in food established by the FDA and other health organizations around the world.

The state of California has introduced exceptions to the Prop 65 law for certain food types such as the coffee and cereal due to past legal appeals that argue that there is a lack of evidence that the low safe harbour levels set by the state actually cause cancer in humans.

Although DJ&A does not give a legal opinion as to these appeals, we hope that a similar exception to the law will be confirmed for vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, which is the main ingredient in our Shiitake Mushroom Crisps and Shiitake Mushroom Jerky and the reason why we are adding the label. 

California's Prop 65 official website can be found here.

California’s Prop. 65 Fact Sheet for Foods can be found here:

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