Dollorama baby products contain toxic heavy metals


A new study published in late August by Environmental Defense found the presence of heavy metals, such as lead, and other toxic chemicals in children’s items sold at Dollarama and Dollar Tree. The report revealed the presence of phthalates, bisphenols and “permanent chemicals” or PFAS in a variety of foods, toys and children’s items. These chemicals are especially harmful to vulnerable populations such as children. An activity tracker and headphones for children contained more than 8,000 times the level of external lead set for children’s products. “There is a lack of regulation for lead in products, despite the tendency of these products to break down and expose their hidden dangerous components,” said Cassie Barker, senior director of toxics programs at Environmental Defense. This regulatory loophole is a loophole that dollar stores use to sell products containing high levels of lead without breaking the law.” According to the expert, there should be no safety limit for lead. Products for children simply shouldn’t contain this dangerous substance. According to the report, at least one in four products tested contained toxic chemicals, including lead in children’s products and electronics such as headphones. All receipts tested contained bisphenol-S (BPS) . All cans tested contained toxic chemicals (60% BPA, 40% PVC and polyester resin). All microwave popcorn packages tested contained PFAS. Exposure to heavy metals and hazardous chemicals , even in small amounts, have impacts on reproduction, behavior, metabolism, and chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. Children are particularly susceptible to effects of these products due to their rapidly growing bodies. Toxic exposures are also linked to learning disabilities such as low IQ, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The report highlights the failure of Canada’s regulatory system to adequately protect public health, particularly populations disproportionately affected by toxic substances. Many low-income and racialized communities already face systemic economic barriers and cannot avoid toxic exposures by choosing more expensive non-toxic alternatives. “Racialized and low-income communities are targeted by discount retailers who, despite their own environmental and social responsibility reporting, sell products to these communities loaded with harmful substances,” lamented Dr. Ingrid Waldron, executive director of Environmental Harm, Racial. Inequalities and Community Health Project (ENRICH), a collaborative research and community engagement project on environmental racism in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. “For people and communities whose only accessible retail option is a discount store, we must ensure that they are afforded the same protection as those whose financial, geographic and socio-economic privilege allows them to leave these toxic exposures,” he added.
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