By Emilie Tan, August 14, 2015
There has been much confusion regarding a Proposition 65 warning label that has been found on some Tolak Angin Herbal Supplements in the US. For clarification, all Tolak Angin Herbal Supplements are safe for consumption and does not contain lead. As per advised by our attorney, this label was placed temporarily as a preventative measure during time of scrutiny until we were able to obtain official laboratory results. Once we received results indicating that Tolak Angin Herbal Supplements contained no lead (**see below for lab results), the labels were immediately removed. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
In the state of California alone, there has been an increase of businesses being targeted for lawsuit abuse because of Prop 65. California often lists chemicals as carcinogens that other government agencies and scientific bodies consider perfectly safe. But California’s Proposition 65 contains a unique “citizen lawsuit” provision. That means private citizens can file lawsuits against businesses they claim aren’t fully complying with the law—regardless of whether or not that’s true. As a “bounty” reward, citizens or organizations that bring lawsuits against businesses are awarded one-quarter of the civil penalty paid by a business found in violation.
To avoid further civil penalties, businesses are given only a 14-day window to put up Prop 65 warning signage and pay a fine. There is no limit on how much a lawyer can reap from these fees, so many businesses have had to file for bankruptcy because of the lawsuits that were filed against them. As a result, you can see Prop 65 warning signage posted almost everywhere you go—on seemingly harmless products, in the fresh produce section of supermarkets, and even around Disneyland theme park.
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**Official lab results indicating no lead detected in Tolak Angin Herbal Supplements.