We have labeled our products with a production date followed by the expiration date, for example, 2016130EXP0419. The 0419 tells you that the product expires in April, 2019. Older packaging may be formatted differently. For example, you may see a number that looks like 268142 which is our manufacture date in Julian Calendar format. In this case, the production date is for the 268th day of the year 2014 (September 24, 2014) followed by check digit 2 that can be ignored. This is the date the product was manufactured, and from there you add how long the product is good for to find the expiration date.
While we grow our Cacao using organic standards, Cacao beans contain naturally occurring metals or elements from the soil in which they grow. These are the same elements that can be found in many fruits and vegetables, but because we dry our cacao beans and extract “cacao butter” from the beans, the density of these elements may be higher than some other vegetables. To our knowledge, there are no harmful chemicals or metals in any of our products, but we apply the warning label to abide by the legal requirements of the State of California, where we operate our business. We believe in transparency. If you would like to learn more about Proposition 65, here is a link to explain more about what this warning label means and why we put it on our cacao products.