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CVS Unveils Cosmetic Safety Policy

June 23, 2008

In its first corporate social responsibility report, CVS Caremark, one of the U.S.’s largest retail pharmacy chains with approximately 6,300 stores in 40 states, announced a new cosmetics safety policy in which it will remove chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes from its house-branded products and will replace them with safer alternatives. The policy further committed CVS to continuously evaluate and improve its house-brand products based on emerging science about the links regarding cosmetic ingredients and health/environmental risks.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics praised the new policy, calling CVS Caremark’s effort an important step toward providing consumers with safer personal care products “in the absence of adequate federal protection from toxic chemicals.”

In addition, CVS will increase the placement of products made by companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge signed by nearly 1,000 personal care product companies to replace chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health harms with safer alternatives. The campaign was founded by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, an alliance of organizations dedicated to health and environmental issues. Founding groups of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

This is the first cosmetics safety policy to be released by a major drugstore retailer in the U.S. In March, Whole Foods Market announced its “Premium Body Care” seal, making it the first private standard for personal care products created by a major retailer in the U.S. More info: www.cvscaremark.com.
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