Rite Aid establishes new policy
Rite Aid Pharmacy is establishing a new policy to address an on-going consumer concern.
The company announced that the company has established its Chemical Policy and expanded Restricted Substances List as part of ongoing efforts to continue meeting customer expectations for chemical management and product safety.
“As a company, we remain committed to working closely with our supplier partners to provide our customers with the effective products they need while avoiding the use of chemicals of concern,” said William Renz, Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Category Management. “Ensuring the safety of the products we sell has always been a top priority at Rite Aid, and we’re pleased to be implementing a newly developed policy that will further support our efforts.”
The company claims to have been working closely with supplier partners to eliminate eight high-priority chemicals from formulated private brand items since 2016. These chemicals include triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene, butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate and nonylphenol ethoxylates. As a result, the vast majority of the company’s private brand portfolio currently complies with these standards and Rite Aid claims to be remaining on track to fully eliminate these chemicals from private brand items by 2020.
Last year, rival pharmacy CVS announced a step forward in advancing its efforts to address chemicals of consumer concern by announcing the removal of parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines. The Promise Organic line of store brand products also does not contain any of these ingredients. CVS Pharmacy will stop shipping store brand products that don’t meet these standards to distribution centers by the end of 2019.
As part of the company’s efforts, Rite Aid says that it has been engaging with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and its Mind the Store Campaign. The organization leads a coalition of more than 450 organizations and businesses that encourages retailers to replace chemicals of concern with safer alternatives.
“We applaud Rite Aid for restricting these harmful chemicals and developing a comprehensive safer chemicals policy,” said Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “This will go a long way in meeting the rising consumer demand for safer and healthier products. Retailers like Rite Aid can play an important role in driving harmful chemicals out of commerce and promoting safer alternatives.”