Breast-cancer awareness product sold with warning about cancer-causing chemicals


by Diana Zoga

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:51 PM

(KMOV) -- Remaining black and hot pink satchels, sold during Breast Cancer Awareness month at Schnucks stores will no longer be on shelves, according to a Schnucks spokesperson.  That follows concerns brought up by a customer over a warning label that says the bag contains a cancer-causing chemical.

Shannon Xenos says she purchased the cloth bag at a St. Charles Schnucks store to hold her infants toys.  When she took the bag home to wash it, she looked at the instruction label sewn into the bag.  On one side of the label, there was a disclaimer that read, "WARNING:  This product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.  Wash hands after handling."

Xenos contacted the company and posted the information on News 4's Facebook page.

"It's crazy to promote breast cancer awareness with a bag that says it has cancer-causing chemicals in it," said Xenos.

According to the distributor, the bag is safe.  Matt McCauley, one of the owners of Tennessee-based Logo Chair, Inc, said the company recently tested its products and test results only show trace amounts of lead in the bag. 

McCauley said the company was sued in California over another product.  Under the advice of an attorney, the company added warning labels to all other products while the company waiting on the test results.

"We had some products shipped out with a warning label on it that didn't need to be there," said McCauley.

In a statement, Schnucks said the bags meet all lead standards and that disclaimer is not needed. 

"However, given that the theme and spirit of this bag is unfortunately in conflict with the disclaimer, we are pulling the bags from all Schnucks, Logli and Hilander stores," the statement read.

Schnucks said ten percent of the proceeds of sales of the bags were donated to Breast Cancer Awareness charities.