Tom Martin: Carcinogens in our checkbook covers?

March 1, 2014 

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle alerted me that my checkbook covers could be carcinogenic. To make the covers more flexible, Deluxe of St. Paul, Minn., uses a chemical that’s on California’s Proposition 65 list (toxic chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects) in the manufacturing process.

I contacted my credit union, MOCSE, and discussed the gravity of this situation. MOCSE was unaware of the danger posed to customers. I contacted Deluxe and found they are totally unaware of Proposition 65. Deluxe said the covers “are safe if used as intended.” I’ll bet that on more than one occasion covers have been in the mouths of some children whose parents are completely unaware of the danger in which they are placing their kids.

Be proactive. Call your banking institution and find out if they work with Deluxe. Someone’s life may depend on it.



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