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For several months I have enjoyed recording digital music files through my keyboard, thanks to a simple device that connects it to my laptop. But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered that the following label came with it:WARNING: This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.I freaked out. How could a set of cables attached to a small blue blinking cylinder cause cancer? The USB connector and keyboard inputs seemed harmless enough, and I hadn’t felt obvious symptoms while making music. Was I risking my life for the sake of my four person fan base?So I called the company, M Audio. Apparently, manufacturers have to put this label on certain products to comply with Proposition 65, a California law that requires a warning on anything containing lead or other hazardous substances found to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.Under this law, whose full title is The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, warnings must be placed on products with a chemicals present in amounts larger than what the California government has decided is a “safe harbor number.”These requirements are pretty strict. For example, for a cancer causing chemical, according to the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, “a person exposed to the chemical at the ‘no significant risk level’ for 70 years would not have more than a ‘one in 100,000’ chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.” So, if there would be more than one excess case of cancer out of 100,000 people over a period of 70 years because of exposure to that amount of the substance, slap on that label.It’s not just computing equipment.The consequences for violating Proposition 65 can be pretty fierce. One Los Angeles company had to pay a $10 million fine for failing to label lead tainted lunch boxes (they sold 100,000 of them to the state health department), the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year.Still, does that mean I have to wash my hands every time I touch the cord? Mark Williams, spokesperson for M Audio, says, “No! My gosh, no!”In general, he says, electronics products carry this label because of the materials used in circuit boards,
such as lead, for example. It’s not like there’s pesticide sprayed on the surface, he says.In fact, according to the company’s official statement on the issue, a device with a lead warning might not have any lead at all:Even in situations where an electronics device is completely free of lead, there is always a chance that standard third party manufactured accessories packaged with the device (such as a power cable, USB cable, or power supply) may contain trace amounts of lead. Out of professional diligence and a commitment to fully comply with the law, M Audio properly marks all applicable products with a Prop 65 lead warning.Maybe people are used to seeing these labels by now. Williams said mine was the first call he’s received on the issue in his five months in media relations at the company.So, now I will make my techno versions of acoustic indie songs in relative peace.Editor Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.The following text, as borrowed from Wikipedia, points out that the in pencils has been for many a century now made of graphite, etc., but not the (highly toxic) element Lead which was used by scribes in ancient Rome. I assuming you weren chewing on pencils in school THAT long ago.pencil is a writing or drawing instrument consisting of a thin stick of pigment (usually graphite, but can also be coloured pigment or charcoal) and clay, usually encased in a thin wood cylinder. The archetypal pencil may have been the stylus, which was a thin metal stick, often made from lead and used for scratching on papyrus, a form of early paper. They were used extensively by the ancient Egyptians and Romans.Are we trying to make people live forever? We do not have the room or resource for humans that live until 150 years old. Death is required. As horrible as that sounds, people need to die sooner or later.Frankly, a large portion of the population does nothing to add to the overall good. I talking about the increase in criminals and stupid kids that will never go anywhere. A bigger population just makes it worse by having less to go around, hindering the production of better people.I know this all sounds bad, even fascist in a way but its a fact that needs to be considered.Let people live they way they want and take the risks they want as long it doesn pass on that risk to someone else. I rather live to the fullest for a short period than lead a long dull existence. Live and stop worrying about death! There nothing you can do to stop it. However, if you think the information you reading on Wikipedia is bogus, check to see if the writing is sourced. There will be a source number in line with the verbiage and a corresponding source at the bottom of the page for either a link or a reference to the paper source.This whole concept being passed around, especially by schools, of Wikipedia being labeled as a bad resource is nonsense. Now, that doesn mean I would go write a paper and source Wikipedia, but I would be willing to go to Wikipedia to find sources.