Why are there new warnings on my Redmond product? Did you change your products?

We recently added warning panels to Redmond Clay and other products, like Earthpaste, that contain Redmond Clay. Our clay hasn’t changed since nature made it a long, long time ago — it’s still just as pure and healthful as ever! You can discover why we added the warning on our Prop 65 homepage.

Did the FDA force us to label our products?

Proposition 65 is a California state law, so the FDA wasn’t involved. (Nor was the state of California; we decided to add the warnings after reviewing the legal and business landscape.) We have had conversations with the FDA about the naturally-occurring lead in Redmond Clay, and we chose to mention lead by name even though proposition 65 doesn’t require it.

What has the FDA said about consuming clay?

We weren’t able to persuade our contact at the FDA to try Redmond Clay (we didn’t try too hard, we admit!) but their study concluded that bentonite clay is generally recognized as safe:

“Apparently, very little, if any, bentonite [clay] is absorbed after oral administration and as much as 3 percent in the diet has no observable adverse effects… No adverse effects have been observed at dietary levels as high as 12 percent… There is no evidence in the available information on clay that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when it is used… in the manner now practiced or that might reasonably be expected in the future.”

(Report) Bentonite. 2006. Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews.

What if I’m pregnant?

The FDA has determined that consuming less than 75 micrograms of lead does not lead to health complications. For pregnant women and children, that number is 25 micrograms. Those numbers are several times higher than the amount of lead in Earthpaste, and as with other natural sources of lead, like brussels sprouts and mixed nuts, your body–and your developing baby–can’t absorb any of the lead in the first place.

People have used clay medicinally for thousands of years, but clearly it isn’t a substitute for good medical advice. If you have questions after you’ve your done research, you should talk to your doctor.