Lowes has said it has received “unacceptable” data that shows roofing panels in the UK are emitting a range of hazardous substances including benzene and ethylene, and will review its products.
The retailer said it had received data showing the roofing materials used in its Camperroon range are contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen.
The company said it was working with the authorities to establish what the pollution is and has already contacted the Environment Agency.
UK emissions of benzene have been linked to more than 100,000 premature deaths a year and around 20,000 deaths worldwide.
In 2016, the UK was the only country in Europe to ban the use of all plastic sheeting.
The UK is now expected to follow Germany, France and Belgium in banning all plastic materials from its homes.
Lowes said the new data, which comes from its “Clean Roof” programme, showed that the panels used in the Camper Roof range had been tested for benzene.
“The CamperRoof range includes a range with our popular Camper line which are also made with our Liquid Rubber roof coating,” the company said in a statement.
The company has previously confirmed that the Campestock roofing was tested on an EPA scale for benzane and ethylbenzene.”
This is a matter of concern and we will be taking further action if required.”
The company has previously confirmed that the Campestock roofing was tested on an EPA scale for benzane and ethylbenzene.