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Everything in your state contains a chemical that is known to cause cancer and birth defects.

What I'd like to know is what exactly that chemical is? I see this warning on just about every product I pick up off the shelf in a store. What gives? Some lables say it's "lead", but most don't specify what else in the product is toxic.

Most Americans were at the very least annoyed recently when childrns toys that were made and imported from China were found to contain trace amounts of lead in them. Yet when a product is specifically lables with a warning, no one seems to care.

What I'd like to know is: are these lables legitimate on all products or are they placed there as a "cover your butt" type of move for the company? I was out last week looking to replace some fishing lures and other fishing gear when I suddenly noticed that every package I picked up had this warning on it. Why does everything, including nylon rope and fillet knives, contain lead? How is this possible? Why is it that it's only harmful in the state of California and no where else? If it's so harmful, them why are these chemicals being used in products that we touch and use? I know that lead is harmful, but I never realized that something like a fillet knife or a nylon stringer would contain lead.

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My organization employs one of the people responsible for those warning labels. Last week he was tasked to perform a daily checkout on one of our stakebed trucks. The truck had chocks around one of the rear wheels during the process. After checking all the fluid levels, he started up the truck and began checking the lights. He then reached into the truck, put it in reverse, and got out to walk behind it to see if the backup lights were working.

Of course, as he did so the truck jumped the chocks and started backward. He reached into the cab to hit the brake with his hand, but hit the gas instead. He wound up going under the truck and is currently in the hospital, lucky to be alive with a lacerated liver.

Yes, that's right -- he ran himself over with his own truck. Common sense is not a common quality, and the reason foolproof devices don't work is because fools can be so creative.

Oh, yeah...and if you want to talk about hazardous substances, nothing is worse than Dihydrogen Monoxide -- an incredibly dangerous substance that pervades our society, and yet is still almost completly unregulated.

http://www.dhmo.org/

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Don't bother with the fillet knife WH. You can't eat fish caught in our state. We put warning labels on them. Didn't you see? Kidding aside Kalifornia is one of the worst nanny states in the nation. What we really need to put warning labels on are our politicians.

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I wouldn't be shocked if one day Kalifornia actually banned the consumption of Dihydrogen Monoxide (H2O) because it does cause excess sweating and urination, and in large doses it can kill you. lol

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But really my point is that I don't believe that all of these lables are legitimate. I think that certain manufacturers and companies put these lables there as a catch-all cover-your-butt type of action. Even fishing rods with cork handles are now being lables as such and I just can see where the lead is used on these.

Warning lables, when employed in this manner are useless if they are not legitimate and they defeat the whole purpose when used where they are not needed (such as a catch-all, only to cover their asses).

We now lable things in our country as if all Americans are stupid. I'm now beginning to see utility knives and other cutlery with warning lables, not only for lead, but also warning that the blades are extreamly sharp. Of course blades don't come from the factory these days nearly as sharp as I remember them being years ago and everyone back then just knew that you have to be careful wth any blade, they didn't need a written warning on the package. Where has common sence gone?

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Common sense isn't all that common WH. If you doubd me go buy a cup of hot coffee at McDonalds. Yep, warning label for the ignorant, clumsy or just plain retarded.

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Warning labels aren't designed to protect you -- they're to protect the company. They're not there to educate anybody; they're there to give the company the ability to say "See! We told you so!" when fighting a lawsuit.

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That's exactly my point. It's the old CYOB tactic they use.

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Whatever it is...I just hope for goodness sake that you're not sitting in the tub while you're on this site. I don't see any disclaimers on BGH about that, and I don't want them to get sued.

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I love it! I to notice that on everything. I also notice that my weed and grass killer comes in a container with a sealed lid so that no one can put anything in it that could harm you.

I'm lucky to have grand children, they are the only ones around here that can open child proof bottles!

I have here a can of Air Wick air freshner. It has a warning on it: "DO NOT spray toward the face". Stuff must have been used as a breath freshner at some point!

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