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Walmart identifies high-priority chemicals

by Michael McCoy
July 25, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 30

Walmart has disclosed a list of eight high-priority chemicals that it earlier asked its suppliers to eliminate from the household and personal care products the big-box store sells. The chemicals are butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, toluene, and triclosan. In April, Walmart said it has achieved a 95% reduction, by volume, in use of these chemicals since 2013. Use of a broader list of priority chemicals decreased by 45%, the firm says.

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