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Posted on February 26, 2015 by

Can Shopping at Dollar Stores Put Your Family in Danger?

Perhaps like many people, you often venture out to the local dollar store in an effort to save some money on the things you need for your home. Dollar stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree sell everything from cosmetics and cleaning supplies to toys and home decor items. Although you had good intentions, it’s possible that you might be getting more than you bargained for.

According to a recent news article, it has been found that some of the products and items sold in these stores may contain materials that could be hazardous to your health. Phthalates, lead and PVCs have been found in many of the items sold in dollar stores across the country. These harmful chemicals can cause cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other ailments.

A few of the products that are thought to be effected include vinyl carpet runners, some types of bathroom decorations and even plastic straws that are designed to attract children. According to the article, almost all of the products that were tested were found to contain at least one of the chemicals. Dollar stores generally don’t have high standards and limits for these chemicals.

Dangerous products are a real cause for concern, and if you think you or a member of your family has been affected by one of them, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney to discuss your case right away.