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For Immediate Release: September 12th, 2013
Contact:  Margie Kelly, 541-222-9699, mkelly@breastcancerfund.org
Shannon Coughlin, 415-336-2246, scoughlin@breastcancerfund.org


Walmart Will No Longer Sell Cosmetics, Cleaners, Made with Targeted List of Toxic Chemicals

In a move likely to send shock waves through the marketplace, retail giant Walmart has committed to targeting as many as 10 toxic chemicals for removal from products sold in its stores, including national and store-brand cosmetics, personal and beauty products, and household cleaners.

“Walmart’s decision to banish cosmetics and cleaners made with toxic chemicals will revolutionize the marketplace and help all of us live better by making safer products the new normal,” said Janet Nudelman, Director of Program and Policy for the Breast Cancer Fund and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

“Kudos to Walmart for responding to growing consumer demand for cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, make-up and cleaners that don’t contain chemicals that are harmful to our health,” said Nudelman. “Eliminating as many as ten toxic chemicals from Walmart’s inventory is a big step forward, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We know there are many more dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer and reproductive harm that should be removed from products, and both the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund look forward to working with Walmart to ensure all of the cosmetics and personal care products they sell are safe for everyone.”

Walmart is poised to develop a comprehensive chemical policy that could extend beyond the 10 chemicals targeted for removal today. In addition to setting a timetable for removing the select toxic chemicals, Walmart will also ask national brands to disclose ingredients to the public based on guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program and the Consumer Specialty Product Association.

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of more than 175 nonprofit organizations working to protect the health of consumers and workers by eliminating dangerous chemicals from cosmetics.