Rite Aid said it has been working closely with its suppliers to eliminate eight “high-priority” chemicals from formulated own label items since 2016. These chemicals include triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene, butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate and nonylphenol ethoxylates. As a result, the vast majority of the company’s own label portfolio currently complies with these standards and Rite Aid remains on track to fully eliminate these chemicals from its own label lineup by 2020.
Rite Aid has also expanded its RSL to go beyond these eight high-priority chemicals as well as existing US regulatory requirements. The expanded RSL brings additional parabens, phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and formaldehyde donors within the scope of Rite Aid’s efforts to reduce the use of chemicals of concern, bringing the total number of restricted chemicals from eight to 69. Rite Aid’s updated RSL, as well as the complete policy, can be found at www.riteaid.com/corporate/chemical-policy.
The company will begin implementing UL’s WERCsmart and PURview platforms in order to provide more screening, tracking, monitoring and reporting capabilities. With an expanded RSL and new technology, the company is also extending the scope of its chemical management program to include formulated items made by national brands.