Special Report

Toxic Products Sold at Dollar Stores

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16. Audio Cable With Carrying Case
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: Greenbrier International
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), Phthalate and DOTP plasticizers

This audio cable might be compatible with most audio devices; unfortunately, it too contains PVC as well as phthalate- and DOTP-based plasticizers.

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17. Earbuds
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: E-circuit, Greenbrier International, Inc.
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), DOTP plasticizer, 14.1% (141,000 ppm) lead in solder

These earbuds are also made with PVC, as well as DOTP plasticizer and lead in the solder.

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18. Pop Weaver Butter Microwave Popcorn
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: Pop Weaver
> Chemicals of concern: 353 ppm Total Fluorine (PFAS grease-proof coating present)

The lining of popcorn bags is coated with a series of chemicals to prevent grease from soaking through, but the coating on Pop Weaver popcorn bags sold at Dollar Tree contains fluorine, which can cause chalky-white, irregularly distributed patches to form on the surface of tooth enamel when ingested in high quantities. Excessive fluorine consumption can also affect bone development in children and affect the kidneys and thyroid.

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19. Dolly Mixed Vegetables
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: Dolly
> Chemicals of concern: BPA-based epoxy

Dolly Mixed Vegetables cans from Dollar Tree were found to contain an epoxy (similar to a glue) made from BPA.

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20. Deerfield Mixed Vegetable
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: Deerfield
> Chemicals of concern: BPA-based epoxy

The Deerfield brand mixed vegetables cans at Dollar Tree were also found to be made with a BPA-based resin.

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