Plastic goods from china smell bad?

i have been looking for a sink mat. it is a plastic sheet with cutouts to put in the bottom of your kitchen sink to make it a softer surface to help keep from breaking glasses, etc. i have found them in several stores, from the dollar store to bed, bath, and beyond, to lowes. they seem to be the same product... show more i have been looking for a sink mat. it is a plastic sheet with cutouts to put in the bottom of your kitchen sink to make it a softer surface to help keep from breaking glasses, etc.

i have found them in several stores, from the dollar store to bed, bath, and beyond, to lowes. they seem to be the same product (just different prices) and are produced in china.

they smell bad. actually they stink. some plastics have a slight odor but these things have a very strong smell that doesn't go away.

so, does anyone have any idea why this particular product smells so bad and is it harmful to people.
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