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Friday, September 08, 2006


I wonder if this has anything to do with Erin Brockovich?

Remember the movie about Erin Brockovich's lawsuit about hexavalent chromium? Although some people have argued she should have been the villain, there's no doubt that a lot of people took notice of that $333 million settlement. Perhaps that may explain this warning label I found today:

A possible carcinogen?

The warning label reads, "WARNING: This product, contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects (or other reproductive harm)." And that warning label is on a chrome plated socket wrench adapter. I'm completely puzzled as to how this is likely to be a threat unless somebody eats the adapter, and even then I'm not sure how much of it would be digestable. The only thing more puzzling about this warning label is why its writer thought there should be a comma between "product" and "contains."

So the Erin Brockovich theory may be a bit far fetched, but that is definitely one hard to explain warning label.


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