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Phthalates are the perfect example of an unnecessary toxic chemical still lingering on the shelves of Walgreens. We recently found that 25 out of 25 Mainers tested had phthalates inside their bodies. Meanwhile a newly released study revealed that some Walgreens products have sky-high levels of phthalates in their products. One of the products that tested positive for phthalates was a pair of vinyl gloves was found to be made up of 44% phthalates! It's time for Walgreens to clean up its act!

In the coming weeks, we will be submitting our citizen-backed petition to the state of Maine demanding that our state leaders start acting on phthalates. Both policymakers and major retailers like Walgreens have a responsibility to take action to get unnecessary toxic chemicals out of our homes!
 
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Walgreen’s urged to remove products with harmful chemical
WGME 13 TV - 4/16/2014. 
Some Maine parents and other concerned citizens are asking Walgreen's to take some products off their shelves. They issued a "call to action" outside several Walgreen's in Maine Wednesday, hoping to increase awareness about what they say are the dangers of Phthalates.
Consumers Push for Product Change in Drug Stores
WABITV5 - 4/16/2014. 
By Erica Stapleton - Test results showing high levels of toxic chemicals in some drug store products have prompted a push for change. The ‘Mind the Store’ campaign, which is part of a national movement, picked up in Bangor. Those involved are calling on drug stores like Walgreens to demand safer products from their manufacturers.
Maine Parents Return Products Containing Toxic Chemicals to Walgreens in Portland, Bangor
ACHM Announcements - 4/16/2014. 
Two dozen parents, pregnant women, and medical professionals showed up at Walgreens drug stores in Portland and Bangor this morning to return a variety of products that contain high levels of the chemical phthalates, according to new testing results released today by HealthyStuff.org. Participants called on the national pharmacy chain to do more to keep these dangerous chemicals off store shelves.
Our View: Labeling would help keep toxins away from Maine kids
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/6/2014. 
They’re in the lunch boxes and backpacks youngsters take to school, the raincoats they wear during recess, the toys they play with after school. They’re phthalates, chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems in kids, including birth defects and learning disabilities, and could lead to their developing cancer as adults. And given that phthalates can be found in hundreds of products – many more than can be listed in one paragraph – avoiding them is nearly impossible.
Feds order company to stop using pesticide in food containers to prevent mold, bacteria
The Oregonian - 4/2/2014. 
By Lynne Terry - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a New Jersey company against using a pesticide [nanosilver] in food storage containers, claiming it prevents the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria.
New Report: Maine people are polluted with phthalates
ACHM Announcements - 3/18/2014. 
(AUGUSTA) Maine people are polluted with chemicals called phthalates, according to a new report released today by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine. The report, titled “Hormones Disrupted: Toxic Phthalates in Maine People”, captures the stories and reactions of 25 Mainers who provided urine samples to test for the presence of seven different phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are widely used in consumer products.
Tests of 25 Mainers find high levels of chemicals used in plastics
Bangor Daily News - 3/18/2014. 
By Jackie Farwell - Augusta: The test results are in for 25 Mainers who recently volunteered to test their bodies for a battery of chemicals commonly found in consumer products. Every participant, from current and former lawmakers to mothers and an electrician, tested positive for phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics that studies have linked to serious health problems.
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