Target Wants More Chemicals Removed from Consumer Goods

Published By : 29 Sep 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Target Corp. has broadened its list of taboo chemicals that it wants its suppliers to remove from their products. The consumer goods giant has been ramping up its pressure on the various vendors to acknowledge their efforts taken in responding to the growing consumer health issues.

The new list includes nearly 600 chemicals that were announced as harmful by Health Canada. The list includes coal tars and bisphenol A. The new list also contains triclosan, one of the ingredients present in soap. The chemical is used as a disinfectant and is currently under review by the United States Food and Drug Association. The chemical is used in hand sanitizers and soaps and was banned by Target from its stores in 2014.

Target had made similar changes in early 2015 but did not choose to publicize them. The list of banned chemicals will be highlighted by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families soon.

Target is not banning the use of the listed chemicals directly. The move however, gives the consumer-products companies new incentives to recognize and remove the controversial substances from their inventories. 

A similar program is being introduced by Wal-Mart Stores, which involves creating a list of substances that need to be removed from the shelves. Wal-Mart will not, however, make the list public.

Experts say that by complying with the Target list, a supplier can earn greater exposure in the modern health conscious world. The retailer may also be more inclined to help promote the brand and give it more shelf space. The actual incentives and rewards, however, have not been discussed by Target.

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