81% of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain Chemicals Linked to Learning Disabilities, Cancer and Serious Illnesses

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How do you feel about going to the dollar store to buy all of your daily items? A lot of people find it to be normal part of life, but you may want to reconsider.

A new report from an environmental watchdog group found that 81% of dollar store products tested contained high levels of hazardous chemicals that can be linked to everything from birth defects to cancer. They tested toys, jewelry, school supplies, and a lot of household items.  38% contained vinyl plastics, and 32% contained toxic phthalates.

“There’s three chemicals which they’re looking at: phthalates, which are dyes; they’re looking at lead levels; and also something called PVCs, which are the plastics,” said Christine Le, Kelsey-Seybold family practitioner. “Higher levels of these chemicals have been linked to higher risks of cancers, infertility, learning disabilities and developmental delay. So we have to be very careful about that.”

The companies including; Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents had something to say about that.

Family Dollar:

“We are committed to providing our customers with quality products at great values. More than 70 percent of our sales are national brand items from leading manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Unilever, SC Johnson, Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive and PepsiCo. We also offer quality merchandise under our own private brands. We monitor and manage all private brand and direct import products through our Quality and Compliance Program to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and our corporate quality standards. Our full quality and compliance program, including our testing requirements, can be found on our website.”

Dollar General:

“The allegations raised by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions are in direct conflict with Dollar General’s well-established standards and practices. Dollar General strives to provide safe, quality products, which meet or exceed federal and state safety guidelines, as well as our own standards and our customers’ expectations. To that end, Dollar General uses accredited, third-party testing organizations that follow regulated guidelines and protocols to test all products that the company directly imports. This testing is designed to ensure imported products sold at Dollar General comply with all federal and state product safety standards. Additionally, all Dollar General Suppliers, both foreign and domestic, are required to certify that the products they provide to Dollar General are properly tested to ensure compliance with state and federal product safety standards. Customers can shop Dollar General Stores with confidence, knowing the company firmly stands behind its products.”

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions has sent letters to the CEO’s of the companies trying to get them to stop the use of the hazardous chemicals. But, the companies do not seem compliant, and it just is not right!

“People struggling to make ends meet are confined to shopping at the Dollar stores,” said Jose T. Bravo, National Coordinator for the Campaign for Healthier Solutions. “We are already disproportionately affected by pollution and lack of adequate medical care, and now we know we’re filling our homes and our bodies with chemicals released from Dollar store products. This needs to stop. “

If you would like to see the complete test results, you can view them here and see for yourself!www.nontoxicdollarstores.org

Sources:

http://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/reports/dollar-store-report