Proposition 65 Warning

CALIFORNIA'S PROP 65: Victoria Gourmet takes food safety very seriously. All spices and herbs grown in nature contain trace levels of elements/minerals such as lead, which are present in all soils because they are found in the Earth’s crust. Because these minerals, including lead, are in the soil, they are absorbed by plants through their roots along with other nutrients. As a result, there may be unavoidable traces occurring in virtually all foods, including fish, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables.

 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health authorities have determined that tiny traces of naturally occurring minerals in foods are unavoidable and do not present a public health risk, threat of injury, or need for warnings. The FDA regularly monitors the amount of these elements/minerals in food and we ensure that our products safely pass any FDA regulations.

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In 1986 California voters approved a law known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65 is a controversial California law that requires businesses selling within the state of California to provide a warning label on products that contain any of over 900 chemicals, even when these chemicals are found in amounts that are exceedingly below the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Such warnings are commonly seen in California on consumer products, in restaurants, amusement parks, and many other locations. No other State has such a law. Prop 65 does not ban any products from sale in California; it simply requires warnings about the listed chemical contained in the product.

Absolutely not! Victoria Gourmet products are 100% safe. A Prop 65 warning does not mean that a product is unsafe. Victoria Gourmet never compromises on quality and has gone to great lengths to ensure our products use only the highest quality ingredients available. Trace amounts of lead, and other metals and chemicals listed under California’s Proposition 65 are found in some of even the most carefully selected and sourced ingredients contained in Victoria Gourmet products. None of these elements are added by farmers or by Victoria Gourmet. We follow good manufacturing practices throughout our supply chain to minimize or eliminate any contamination. Victoria Gourmet products are manufactured and packed in the USA. You can feel great about using Victoria Gourmet products with your family and friends. 

As a business decision, Victoria Gourmet prefers to comply with Prop 65 by providing the following warning for products sold on this site:

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including lead which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to