Study Toxic chemicals 'even follow us into the outdoors'

August 8, 2013

New Study of Picnic Supplies Finds Lead, Phthalates, Hazardous Flame Retardants, Organotins and Other Harmful Ingredients

Mind the Store Calls on Top Ten Retailers to Phase Out Toxics

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Researchers released a new study of chemical hazards in picnic products sold at top ten national retailers, finding most have one or more hazardous chemicals linked to serious health problems. The nonprofit Ecology Center tested 58 common outdoor picnic products for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. Products tested included tablecloths, placemats, picnic baskets, coolers, water toys, folding chairs and umbrellas purchased from 8 of the top 10 national retailers: Lowes, Home Depot, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart, Kroger and Costco. The results were released today on the easy-to-use consumer website - www.HealthyStuff.org - which also includes prior research on toys, car seats, pet products, cars, women’s handbags, back-to-school products and children’s car seats.

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Room Essentials, Target  – July 1, 2013
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Target  – July 1, 2013
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Marvel & Subs, Costco  – July 1, 2013
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Prime Time Toys, Target  – July 1, 2013
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Banzai, Target  – July 1, 2013
MED
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Banzai, Target  – July 1, 2013
MED
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Sport Brella, Costco  – July 1, 2013
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SunShine, Walmart  – July 1, 2013
HIGH
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Sun & Sky, CVS  – July 1, 2013
LOW
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Spritz, Target  – July 1, 2013
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Spritz, Target  – July 1, 2013
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Way to Celebrate!, Walmart  – July 1, 2013
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Home Sense, Kroger  – July 1, 2013
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Bargain Buys, CVS  – July 1, 2013
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The Great Outdoors, Walmart  – July 1, 2013
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NOTICE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low concentrations of several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.

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