Toxic chemicals are often used in nonstick, stain-resistant, and waterproof products, including cardboard, canned goods, and fast food wrapping. Food that comes into contact with these chemicals can absorb them and lead to dietary exposure.
Toxic chemicals are in the bodies of children, even newborns. Developing babies and young children are especially susceptible to their effects. Products, including toys, jewelry, and apparel, from across New York State have been found to contain toxic heavy metals.