Target Targets Triclosan

« Triclosan is just one of the chemicals under fire now that retailer Target Corp. has expanded its Product Sustainability Index, the list of chemicals it wants suppliers to take out of their products.

The list includes nearly 600 substances on Health Canada’s roster of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, such as coal tars and bisphenol A. It also adds triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient that is under review in hand soaps and sanitizers by the US Food and Drug Administration and was banned from products in Minnesota last year.

Target made the changes earlier this year without publicizing them, but a Washington- based advocacy group called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families plans to spotlight the list this week. Target isn’t prohibiting the ingredients; instead, the list is said to give consumer products companies help in identifying and eliminating controversial substances. Walmart Stores Inc. has a similar program for manufacturers, including a list of substances that the retailer doesn’t post publicly.

For suppliers, complying with Target’s program is a way to get more exposure. In exchange for cooperating, the retailer may be inclined to help promote their products or give them more shelf space. Target’s Product Sustainability Index rates various items sold at the retailer. Target awards points to products for having ingredients listed on packaging and online and not including substances with a “high level of health concern.” The scoring applies to cleaning, beauty, feminine care, baby care and personal care products.

The effort is a response to demands from customers, who have told the retailer they want more healthy choices, said Target spokeswoman Angie Thompson.

“Our guests care about wellness and want to make better choices for their families and communities, and part of our wellness strategy is clean-label wellness solutions,” Thompson said.”


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