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Hold The Fries??

In light of the California Attorney General filing suit this week to require fast-food restaurants and potato chip makers to warn (scroll to bottom to see sample warning) consumers that their fried potato products may cause cancer, I wonder if we havenít as a society (or at least California) crossed a line abandoning common sense and self-responsibility.

I understand warnings on pesticides and cleansers and guess I even understand warning labels on cigarettes (although I doubt their effectiveness), but I donít feel like I need the fine print on my morning coffee to tell me it may be hot (it better be, thatís the point of morning coffee).

Does anyone out there actually assume that fries or chips are ďhealthĒ food? If we start with the cancer warning why not plaster the whole package with warnings about sodium, fat, and calories as well?  In these modern times with modern science, itís difficult to find any product that doesnít contain some substance that has been shown to cause some type of harm in some laboratory study.  The real law should not be to require warnings on fries, but rather to require people to use common sense and take responsibility for their choices.

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Posted by Michel J. Ayer on Monday, August 29, 2005


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