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A disturbing presence of metals in objects purchased in discount stores.PHOTO: iStock

A report from the Environmental Defense organization mentions heavy metals present in several objects sold at Dollarama. For lead, it is up to 3000 to 8000 times higher than the recommended limit: in headphones, activity monitor bracelets. This metal can cause neurological, cardiovascular, renal and reproductive damage. In addition, bisphenols, which have harmful effects on reproduction, the central nervous system and behavioral development, have also been found in packaging. How to find it? We talk about it with Normand Voyer, chemist and full professor of chemistry at Laval University.