ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Local supermarket chain Schnucks has pulled breast cancer awareness bags from their shelves after a customer complained about the bag’s incongruous warning label about cancer-causing agents in the bag itself.
“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,” the label reportedly reads.
According to KMOV-TV, Schnuck’s customer Shannon Xenos noticed the label while washing the bag, which she had purchased to hold toys for her child.
“It’s crazy to promote breast cancer awareness with a bag that says it has cancer-causing chemicals in it,” Xenos told the station.
In response, the chain has decided to pull all remaining supplies from the shelves.
“We reached a decision that the spirit of the bag was unfortunately in conflict (with its message),” Schnucks spokesman Paul Simon told KMOX.
Schnucks had been selling the bags since September of this year, in anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Matt McCauley, President of the bag’s producer, Logo Chair, Inc., told KMOX that lab results show there to be no such issues with the bag.
“The label shouldn’t have been on there,” McCauley said. “There is nothing wrong with the product.”
McCauley said precaution was taken before the lab results had come back, in response to a suit filed against Logo Chair, Inc. in California.
The litigation in California pertains to a different product.
Lab results provided to KMOX by the company show the bag to have minimal traces of lead. The information was collected by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services inChina, who issued the report in August of this year.
Though Logo Chair, Inc. attempted to reach out to Xenos on the matter, she was allegedly not responsive, even going so far as to hang up on them multiple times and declining to view the lab results, McCauley noted.
“… (The) user said in an interview that aired that she is keeping the bag now that she knows it is safe,” McCauley added.