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Thursday, August 16, 2007

WARNING, POISON HAMMER
Yes this is the truth.
About a month ago I was out shopping and decided to check out the 'DOLLAR TREE' store. I bought a 16 ounce claw hammer, amazed at the low price as it looked well made.
I put it with some tools and just pulled it out to use it a few days ago.
I noticed that it had a strong, unpleasant odor, and thought maybe because it was new. Then I saw a label which seemed to be oily and was falling off. The label had a warning in very small print, which I had to use a magnifying glass to read, (and I just got new glasses! )
This is what it said.
"Warning, this product contains chemicals known in the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling
Distributed by Greenbriar International Inc.
500 Volvo Parkway,
Chesapeake, VA 23320
then in the tinest lettering it said,
'made in china'
(This did not surprise me)
It seems to me that if it would cause those illnesses in California, it would do the same in the other states!
Advised by my grandson I called the 'Dollar Tree' store today and spoke with the manager. This is what he said.
"California is stricter than the other states, so it's legal to sell the stuff everywhere else."
Maybe it is legal, but what about moral obligation? Does this mean the the remaining states don't care if we are poisoned?
I'm not sure where or how we are going to make this 'poisoning of America' stop, but there must be an answer.
To stop all trade with countries that do not have proper safety regulations may not be the answer, especially since it is inspectors right here in America that are allowing the poisons to be distributed.
Someone has to take responsibility for what is happening before it's too late.
I don't usually post about things other than family and flowers but this is important.
I would like to know what you think about this issue. Any ideas?

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