The Environmental Research Center (ERC) has reportedly filed a lawsuit under Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) against a company that allegedly sells “meal replace- ment” shakes and “hunger blocker” bars containing lead, a chemical known to California as a reproductive toxicant and cause of cancer.ERC v. Ideal Shape LLC, No. n/a (Cal. Super. Ct., Alameda Cnty., filing date n/a).

Under Prop. 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, private litigants such as ERC may bring enforcement actions after notifying an alleged violator that it has failed to provide warnings with products containing listed chemicals. ERC sent such a letter to Ideal Shape on May 17, 2013, alleging Prop. 65 violations every day since at least May 17, 2010.See Courthouse News Service, November 25, 2013.