Editor:

Have You Read This Warning on Something You Are Using?

“California Proposition 65 Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.”

I was made aware of this warning when I recently went to buy hand-held weights at a local store. My wife who read the very small print on the sticker on the weights showed it to me. I did not buy the weights!

My wife bought two purses in Tennessee to give as gifts to our grandchildren. When we got home, she noticed a small sticker on the plastic cover around the purses with this same warning. No way are we going to give these to our granddaughters!

We never thought to read the very small print on the outside cover of a Samsonite Magic 2 in 1 Pillow. To our surprise it had the same warning.

All these products are made in China. How many of the products that we use every day have this warning? These and many more are being sold in our community and all over our nation. How many people in the future will suffer from cancer or birth defects from using these products without having known about the danger?

I know it is our responsibility to read all the small print on products that we buy. However, I also believe that something so dangerous needs to be in much larger print! Then we can make the decision to buy the product or not. I know that I will be more conscious and cautious in the future.

Joel Caudle

Florence