Toxics found in Iowa’s imported packaging


Photo by Sharon Drummond, Flickr.

About 40 percent of imported plastic packaging tested in Iowa violated our state’s toxics laws.

The study looked at eight discount retail chain stores and found that all of the chains failed the screening test for cadmium, and one also failed for lead.

Exposure to cadmium has been linked to numerous health problems including itai-itai disease, breast cancer and renal abnormalities. Lead exposure can damage every organ in the body.

For more information on this study, go to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ website here.

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