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Push to get toxic chemicals off store shelves

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TYLER (KYTX) - A national coalition is looking to keep more than 100 chemicals out of the products you and your family use on your body, clothes, dishes and more.

The group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families hopes their push to target 10 top retailers will pay off without any government action.

They're contacting Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot and many others to ask them to stop selling anything with toxic chemicals like BPA's.

For some shoppers, certain chemicals can be down right dangerous.

"Been to the hospital 15 times probably in the past 7 to 8 years," says Sheryl Rose.

Rose is allergic to chemicals found in many fragrant products.

She's all for a push to get rid of things like BPA's, Formaldehyde and Parabens.

Those just a few of the 100 chemicals a coalition of medical and family safety groups are pushing to ban.

"I believe has a negative impact on our health. I believe a lot of people probably having problems due to the chemicals we're being exposed to," says Rose.

From shampoo, to cosmetics, even the floor.

You're exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals before you even leave the house for work.

"It's our responsibility to make sure the foods that are put in the grocery store shelves are safe," says Rober Brackett with the Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Brackett says you can find safety information about products online or through the manufacturer. But many people like Colleen Long question what's really inside any bottle.

"After going gluten free, I really started to pay more attention to ingredients," says Long.

Including things like formaldehyde that can be found in clothing and cosmetics, and can cause cancer in high amounts.

And parabens that can be found in shampoo, conditioner and other hair products that have been linked by medical studies to hormone disruption.

And the idea of getting rid some of these chemicals is something shoppers are on board with.

"Comforting for parents who have life long exposure to these things," says Rose.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, one of the organizations in the coalition, says some retailers have gotten on board with nixing some chemicals.

In fact, the coalition says Target, Sears and Walmart have already phased out poly-vinyl chloride in products.

The Breast Cancer Fund and the Union of Concerned Scientists are joining the fight and asking retailers to develop a plan within a year to phase out use of the chemicals.

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