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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

One of the largest home improvement companies in the area is pulling a product from its shelves -- so you keep it out of your home.

Menards said it plans to remove affected vinyl products by the end of the year.

Menards issued a statement about phthalates, saying they don't pose a risk to your health at normal exposure levels, but the company is working to get rid of the products.

Several local flooring businesses were caught off guard by Menards' decisions to remove vinyl flooring that contained a toxic chemical, including a business in Cedar Falls.

"I've never even heard of this chemical before, and so I even had to research it to find out what it was," said BK Tile and Abbey Flooring manager Tiffani Brunard.

After learning of the chemical, Brunard called her vendors.

"They had never heard of it either, and so my representatives from our distributors were calling the manufacturers, their reps, to try and get some more information on it, because they didn't even have information on it," she said.

Brunard also saw a list of vinyls that tested positive for the chemical, and she said the store does not carry any of the ones in this study.

As an expecting mother, Brunard says she is learning to do more research on the products she uses.

"So a lot of products I am looking into more to find out where they are made and what is in them," she said.  

One vendor did get back to BK Tile, stating they had already phased out the chemical because of health concerns.

Menards has promised to have all vinyls containing the chemical off the shelves by the end of the year.

Written by Jessica Hartman, Multimedia Reporter

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