Home Improvement Products in Toxic Tests

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 20 (UPI) — Some home improvement products contain toxic chemicals restricted or banned in toys, a U.S. report indicates.

The Michigan-based Ecology Center says it found many toxic chemicals when it tested more than 1,000 flooring products and almost 2,300 types of wallpaper, HealthyStuff.org reported in a release Tuesday.

The center, which has been testing chemicals in consumer products for five years, tested for substances linked to serious health issues such as asthma, birth defects, liver problems and cancer.

The new study tested for lead, bromine, chlorine, cadmium, arsenic, tin, pththalates and mercury in commonly-used flooring materials and wall-covering products.

Children and pets are particularly vulnerable to such chemicals, the report says, since they are frequently close to the floor and therefore have high levels of exposure to the substances, many of which have been restricted or banned in children’s products.

Flooring materials tested included wood, bamboo, cork, carpet cushion, sheet flooring, and plastic and ceramic tiles.

Eleven brands of wallpaper were tested.

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