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California Proposition 65 & Huel Products

WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.

Why Huel is Safe

With Huel, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our customers, which is why you can always expect the highest quality products. Our quality standards include us regularly testing our products for the presence of heavy metals. To be clear, Huel is not in violation of any product safety standards, and our checks meet all high quality expectations. Huel products are manufactured in FDA-approved facilities that follow federally regulated current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). No changes to our formula are mandated by law, and we stand by the quality and safety of all Huel products.

Levels of lead in Huel compared with some commonly consumed foods

Lead
Huel powder /100g* 0.02ppm**
Chicken, tortilla wrap with potato chips & water 0.1ppm
Salmon, rice & mixed veg 0.08ppm
Fruit yogurt, strawberries & honey 0.21ppm
Tuna, cucumber & mayo Sandwich 0.251ppm

*based on Huel v1.0 North American formula
**ppm means "parts per million" and is a measurement of how much of a substance is present

What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 – or “Prop 65” – is a California regulation that was passed into law in 1986. It requires that a clear warning is provided on foods and beverages in which an individual could be exposed to any one of approximately 900 listed chemicals or heavy metals above a limit stated in the legislation. A Prop 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of safety standards or requirements. Products displaying the warnings are perfectly safe to consume. Because Huel powder contains heavy metals that are included on the Prop 65 list, the warning above must be communicated to be Prop 65 compliant.

The levels of the regulated compounds under Prop 65 are set at extremely low levels. Consequently, this warning statement may be familiar to anyone who has visited a restaurant, coffee shop, or take-out establishment in California. The warning statement is considered by many to be overly-emotive and not based on sound science even though the law dictates that it must be displayed.

Prop 65 Heavy Metals & Regular Foods

Tiny amounts of heavy metals are present in nearly all foods and drinks, naturally occurring within the soil in which some ingredients are grown. In 2014, the FDA published a five-year study (1) of heavy metals found in commonly bought grocery store items. This study showed that heavy metals were prevalent in a vast amount of food items. The levels are well below safe limits, of course, but many are over the Prop 65 levels (see table above).

If you have any queries relating to Prop 65 or anything else, please ​contact us.

References

  1. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodScienceResearch/TotalDietStudy/UCM18

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