Study finds toxic chemicals in a majority of products from four retailers including: Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only.
HealthyStuff tested 164 products purchased at four major discount retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—in six U.S. states.
Products were tested for antimony, arsenic, bromine, chlorine, lead, mercury, and tin. A subset of products determined to contain polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC or vinyl) were further tested for the presence of phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers.
A few products contained excessive lead, including one containg over 6,000 ppm lead. Overall we continue to see fewer product on the market containing lead and cadmium, two potent neurotoxins. Both of these chemicals have been considerable regulatory by the U.S. CPSC. However the study also revealed that vinyl plastic and toxic phthalates continue to be in widespread use in discount store products.
This study was a collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions.