Fact Sheets

Learn about the connection between toxic chemicals and environmental health issues.

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.

Personal care products are one of the least regulated industries in the United States, and ingredient disclosures required under federal law fail to adequately educate and protect consumers.

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.

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