Almost 40% of imported PVC packaging sold by discount retail chains was tested and found to violate state toxics laws according to a new report released by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH). These packages contained cadmium or lead, which are restricted by laws in 19 states due to toxicity, according to the study.
Six of the eight retail chains have a significant presence in the U.S., operating at least 500 locations each across 35 or more states. The other two discount retail chains were regional with at least 100 stores in multiple states. Almost all products were imported from China.