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Last week members of the Natural Products Association met with legislators in California to discuss two hot topics: Prop 65 reform and GMO labeling. Proposition 65 was originally enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The Proposition was intended by its authors to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water sources from carcinogenic chemicals, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals. Over the years, it has been recognized that improvements are needed to further the original purpose of the initiative, and to curb abusive litigation. 

In February 2013, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Bill 227 to counter abuse of Prop 65. The California Assembly voted 71-0 in favor of the Prop 65 reforms contained in the Gatto Bill, which has now gone to the Senate where additional amendments may be proposed to further improve the law. Governor Brown supports Prop 65 reform and has a working group reviewing additional recommendations to counter abuses of the law.

Part of the discussion concerns the levels of lead in Dietary Supplements. Among NPA’s experts invited to meet with the Governor and legislators to shed light on the issues was Michael Mooney, the Director of Research and Education for SuperNutrition. This multi-generation California family company has been producing the highest quality scientifically validated multi-vitamin-herbal products for 37 years. To assist legislators and informed citizens to better understand the issues, Mooney authored a well referenced White Paper on “The Truth About Lead in Dietary Supplements & Proposition 65.”  Just like on the link to access the paper in its entirety.  Mooney has a gift for expressing complex scientific data in common sense terms.

Additional well researched and clearly written White Papers authored by Mooney consist of “articles that could change your point of view” on subjects ranging from nutrient science to common sense interpretation of scientific studies to where the experts go for cancer advice and can be found on the company’s website, http://www.supernutritionusa.com/ and Mooney’s personal site at http://www.michaelmooney.net/

To introduce his summation on “The Truth about Lead In Dietary Supplements and Proposition 65” Mooney included a cover letter for the legislators illustrating the absurdity of restricting lead in vitamin capsules to 0.5 micrograms when servings of common organic vegetables contain over 7 micrograms of lead, and the FDA allows 10 micrograms of lead in a medium sized drug capsule. The cover letter is reproduced in its entirety below. 

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