During the last month, a couple of consumer safety issues featured in the news media caught my attention.
The first was a story in Newsweek which concluded that more than 50% of children's shampoo contains para-dioxane, a cancer causing agent. Now I know why I wash my children's hair with plain old warm water; it's not just because I adore the way they smell like freshly washed puppies after a bath…
The second piece of news was more distressing than the first. The Consumer Product Safety Commission found lead in 1 out of 5 lunch boxes they tested for the substance. Did they pass this information on to you and me? No.
The CPSC released a statement that claimed there were “no instances of hazardous levels” of lead in the lunchboxes they tested. Hmm…sounds like the commission is not quite living up to its name; maybe they need to change it to the Business Profit Safety Commission.