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Are your binoculars giving you cancer?

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Old Tuesday 21st August 2018, 20:04   #1
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Are your binoculars giving you cancer?

I've recently noticed a legal disclaimer on the Amazon listings of many binoculars. It reads:

This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

You'll find it on well-liked binos like the Celestron NatureDX or Athlon Midas.

Does anyone know what the chemicals in question are? Or have concerns about the disclaimer? Binoculars are, after all, products we hold to our faces for hours upon end.

That said, I've seen the disclaimer before on other outdooring gear -- typically for plastics used in the product.
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I would guess it's the phthalate plasticisers in the armour. Don't eat too much!

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Old Tuesday 21st August 2018, 23:37   #3
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These are going to be showing up on other glass also (included on the info with the Bushnell Forge glass), David is right in his statement.

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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 00:15   #4
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This is just in liberal California, with way too much BS on their minds.

This language is not required in any other state.

No danger at all in the products, just too much govt. control.

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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 00:57   #5
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This is just in liberal California, with way too much BS on their minds.

This language is not required in any other state.

No danger at all in the products, just too much govt. control.

Jerry
Jerry,

I fully agree Jerry, that is where the BS starts.

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This is just in liberal California, with way too much BS on their minds.

This language is not required in any other state.

No danger at all in the products, just too much govt. control.

Jerry
Right on Jerry. California should concern themselves with the bigger problems they have than BS like this.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 01:23   #7
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Nothing more than typical California hysteria.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 06:43   #8
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Hi,

in general it is a good idea to be a bit wary of products containing phtalates, they are really not very healthy - in europe there are regulations about these too, but a bit less general than in california. Over here they're just forbidden for toys, cosmetics and all products in contact with food.

I'm not sure if the few hours of skin contact a week for most of us with bins will be a problem - I would be more concerned about the phtalates evaporating from furniture, wallpapers, car interiors etc. - you get a bit more significant exposure times with these...

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