Schumer Celebrates Memorial Day With Important Grill Brush Warning

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks about the possibility of a payroll tax cut extension during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol February 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans and Democrats are nearing compromise on a legislative package that would extend the payroll tax cut beyond its expiration at the end of February and are likely to vote on the agreement tomorrow.WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks about the possibility of a payroll tax cut extension during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol February 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans and Democrats are nearing compromise on a legislative package that would extend the payroll tax cut beyond its expiration at the end of February and are likely to vote on the agreement tomorrow.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images2012 Getty Images

Before you pry the last bits of today's feast off the grill, you'll want to hear what Senator Chuck Schumer has to say about barbecue accoutrement. He sent out a press release today with the headline, “SCHUMER: CLEANING YOUR BARBECUE GRILL WITH A METAL BRUSH THIS SUMMER COULD HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH CONSEQUENCES; CALLS FOR SAFETY REVIEW TO DETERMINE WHETHER METAL BRISTLE GRILL BRUSHES ARE SAFE FOR CONSUMER USE.” In response to recent incidents involving bristles breaking off and getting stuck in people's throats, Schumer is urging "the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the FDA to launch a safety review of these products and warn consumers about their potential dangers." It's good to know that Schumer is focused on preventing grill-related injuries, but we still feel bad for all those Memorial Day barbecuers who had a burger slapped out of their hand by the Senator today.