Carcinogens to go

I opened the envelope, and the little box slid out; and stuck to its side was an adhesive warning label, about an inch and a half square, reading as follows:

Pursuant to California Health & Safety Code Section 25249.6, the Distributor of this Product Warns you That The Product May Contain Substances Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer and/or Reproductive Toxicity.

Three emblems are printed on the case: a triangle reading “ALL NEW MATERIAL,” a circle with a bar through it implying No Lead, and a certification by the EU regarding RoHS.

This is the deadly item purchased: a collection of miscellaneous screws for jeweler/optician use. Lead is out — says so on the box — so cadmium, maybe? Or perhaps the plastic box contains some heinous chemical. It’s made in India, if that means anything.



  1. fillyjonk »

    11 December 2013 · 2:59 pm

    “Known to the state of California to cause Cancer”

    Well, you’re in Oklahoma, so you should be good, no?

    (I think it was graphite for unsticking locks that had the warning worded as “Known in the state of California to cause cancer” and it made me think of the old joke about the redneck and the thermos bottle: “It keeps hot stuff hot, and cold stuff cold. How do it know?”)

  2. Nicole »

    11 December 2013 · 6:01 pm

    I do love how California has the lowdown on all the stuff that’s bad for us. I’ve seen those warning labels on other stuff and been pretty amused.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    12 December 2013 · 12:22 am

    I wonder if maybe they just put the sticker on it to avoid having to demonstrate what it is made out of. It’s a box of stuff. Does it cause cancer? Umm, sure. OK, put a sticker on it.

  4. fillyjonk »

    12 December 2013 · 7:17 am

    Kind of like the clothes that actually COULD be washed in the machine, but the manufacturer is concerned about someone wrecking their sweater by not following directions, so they just slap a DRY CLEAN ONLY label on it.

    (And of course: dry cleaning chemicals cause cancer.)

  5. CGHill »

    12 December 2013 · 7:53 am

    Eventually we will discover that everything causes cancer, and we will be forced to fall on our own swords, or at least on our file cabinets full of legal briefs.

  6. fillyjonk »

    12 December 2013 · 9:03 am

    I’ve had doctors comment that generally, half their patients die of cancer and the other half of heart disease. So I guess you take your pick.

    (Me? I think I’d go for quick massive heart attack some day when I was out doing fieldwork or hiking (so no extraordinary measures could be taken to keep me going after I really should have departed). But not for at least forty more years, please)

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