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Montana Parents Ask Walgreens to Clear the Shelves of Toxins


Thursday, April 17, 2014   

HELENA, Mont. – Montana parents who also are members of Montana Conservation Voters are asking Walgreens stores around the state to remove products from their shelves that have been shown to contain certain toxic chemicals – confirmed by test results from

"So many chemicals are not tested for safety, and products with toxic chemicals are not well-regulated,” says Robin Saha, a new parent and a Montana Conservation Voters board member.

“It's nearly an impossible task to find out if unsafe chemicals are in most of the products that my child will come in contact with."

Test results for 44 products, including school supplies and household cleaning goods, found high levels of chemicals that are linked to health issues.

Examples of toxins detected: phthalates, PVC plastics, flame retardants and lead.

At the same time, the testing showed some products, such as a package of balloons, to be low-risk for toxins.

Saha says Walgreens was asked a year ago to help consumers protect themselves and their families, and he's hopeful the store chain will follow the lead of other major retailers.

"Other retailers like Walmart and Target have begun to take action," he says. "And we'd like Walgreens to join them as the largest drug store chain nationwide."

The store requests are part of the national Mind the Store Campaign, supported by dozens of organizations.

Walgreens stores are located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Kalispell, and Whitefish.

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