Polyethylene is a flexible plastic that’s often used to make PVC pipe.
It’s also one of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, polyethylens is used in a variety of products.
In 2015, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a report warning that polyethylenes are being used to create a number of different plastic products, including food packaging, clothing, and other consumer products, according to ABC News.
The CPSC found that polyesters are used to add flexibility to a wide variety of consumer products from clothes to toys.
In 2018, the CPSC issued a separate report, which found that a wide range of polymers used in the manufacture of the food products they tested were potentially hazardous to the public.
“These materials have a long history of being used in many ways, including for building materials, medical implants, food packaging materials, packaging materials for toys, clothing and other products,” the CPSCs report read.
“In many cases, the safety of these materials has not been clearly established, and some products have been used without adequate safety testing.”
The report also found that the CPSCC has received numerous reports of the plastic products they have tested that are contaminated with polyethylenes, including some containing as much as 300 parts per billion (ppb) of the chemical.
The company that makes the products also says that the contaminants in these polyethyleners were not found in the products the CPSCo had tested, and in some cases the CPSCI has issued recall notices, which it said could delay the release of the contaminated products.
The consumer agency has received multiple complaints that polyester is being used as an adhesive on food packaging.
One customer said that her family had to use plastic bags to seal their food because the packaging was contaminated with the sticky residue of the polyethylener.
“They said that when they used polyethyleninger they could stick the bags together to create the seal,” the customer, who requested to remain anonymous, told ABC News in September.
The Food and Drug Administration also recently issued a recall notice for polyester in some of its food products.
It said that one of its polyester products tested positive for the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
The FDA also issued a warning to consumers about the chemicals polyester and polyethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (PEA) that were in some consumer products that were found to be in the food.
The FDA said that the PEA in the polyester was found in products such as baby food, infant formula, infant food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby bottles, baby shampoo, and baby wipes.
“As a result of these tests, we have issued a safety notice to all U.S. consumers requiring them to stop using polyester, polyurethane, polyester based products and other polymers in their products,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
“We have also issued safety notices to other companies for the same products.
We encourage consumers to follow the instructions on the packaging and avoid using these products in their own products.”
The CPSCs safety agency did not immediately respond to ABC’s request for comment on the recall.
The Consumer Product Manufacturers Association also issued an alert on the issue in September, saying that the plastics used in food packaging are not 100% free from BPA, which is a substance found in many consumer products as well.
“Polyethylene does not have a safe amount of BPA,” the CPMA said in the alert.
“BPA has been found in polystyrene, polypropylene, polybutylene, and polybutyl acetate plastics and polyester.”
ABC News’ Lauren Hutton contributed to this report.