Enviros Urge 10 Top Retailers To Pull Potentially Toxic Products

"Health and environmental groups will launch a national campaign Thursday to prod 10 major retailers -- including Walmart, Target and Costco -- to clear store shelves of products containing hazardous chemicals."

"Advocates say these companies have done some 'retail regulation' but argue more needs to be done and the U.S. government isn't stepping up. They list 100-plus chemicals used in hundreds, possibly thousands, of products including wrinkle-free clothes, vinyl flooring, shampoos, sofa cushions and food packaging.

'We've seen the power of retailers to change the marketplace,' says Andy Igrejas of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition advocating against toxic chemical use. He notes that many stores pre-empted a 2012 federal biphenol-A (BPA) ban by no longer selling baby products containing the hormone-disrupting chemical. 'But the bites so far are too small for the scale of the problem,' he says."

Wendy Koch reports for USA TODAY April 9, 2013.

Source: USA TODAY, 04/10/2013