Rite Aid establishes policy for addressing chemicals of consumer concern

As part of its continuing efforts to meet customer expectations for chemical management and product safety, Rite Aid has created a Chemical Policy and expanded its Restricted Substances List.

As part of its continuing efforts to meet customer expectations for chemical management and product safety, Rite Aid has created a Chemical Policy and expanded its Restricted Substances List. Since 2016, the company has been working with supplier partners to eliminate eight high-priority chemicals from private brand items: triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene, butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, and nonylphenol ethoxylates. Most of the company's private brand portfolio complies with these standards, and Rite Aid says it is on track to fully eliminate the eight chemicals from its private brand items by 2020. Meanwhile, the company has expanded its Restricted Substances List beyond the eight chemicals and U.S. regulatory requirements. The expanded list includes additional parabens, phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates, and formaldehyde donors within the scope of Rite Aid's efforts to reduce the use of chemicals of concern. The total number of restricted chemicals has increased from 8 to 69. William Renz, Rite Aid senior vice president of category management, noted: "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." Rite Aid will also start implementing UL's WERCsmart and PURview platforms in an effort to provide more robust screening, tracking, monitoring and reporting capabilities. Additionally, the company is extending its chemical management program to include formulated items made by national brands.