Up to a third of all products sold in the United States are sold in states that do not require a health checkup before purchase, according to a new survey.
A recent survey by the Associated Press found that 70 percent of Americans buy products from states that did not require lab testing.
Some products are sold at stores that do require lab tests, but those are not tested by the state and thus not tested for harmful chemicals.
The AP found that of the nearly 3,000 items sold in U.S. stores between July 2015 and July 2017, most were sold in a state that did require lab-testing, such as Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
There are some exceptions to that.
Some products sold by major retailers such as Walgreens and CVS Health are exempt from lab-tests, according the AP.
However, that exemption doesn’t apply to health-related products sold at home, such a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner.
There is no state law requiring a lab test for many products, such hot chocolate and ice cream, and some health-conscious consumers will still be wary of buying products that are not labeled to test for the chemicals used in them.
The Food and Drug Administration requires health-care providers to test all food and cosmetic products for pesticides, herbicides, and certain chemicals, and for certain animal feed additives.
The agency has also asked for the names and addresses of manufacturers of food and cosmetics to help consumers make informed decisions.
In the AP’s survey, nearly half of all respondents said they had purchased a product at a store in which there was no labeling requirement.
Only 12 percent of consumers said they purchased a sex toy that was sold in its packaging without a health-checkup label.