Proposition 65, Sesame Seeds, & Seaweed

Question: Under California Proposition 65, are there any special considerations for products containing sesame seeds or seaweed ingredients? If a product with these ingredients carries a warning label, are they likely to be the cause?

Answer: If the warning does not include the specific substance name, it would be difficult to identify retroactively. If the sesame seeds are roasted, the substance in question could be acrylamide. There is another substance, poligeenan, which is derived from a kind of seaweed, but the risk of this substance being present would depend on the method of processing. If there are desiccation packets in the product, this might be an additional source of substances behind the listing.

Article is current as of 2019-05.

Reference(s): 

https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/general-info/acrylamide

https://oehha.ca.gov/chemicals/poligeenan-polygeenan

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