Our partners at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Family, an organization designed to protect families from toxic chemicals, has a campaign called Mind the Store that just released its third annual report card grading 40 major U.S. retailers on toxic chemicals in consumer products. This year, Albertsons Companies earned a C- grade, scoring 45.25 out of 135 possible points, reflecting a 6 point improvement from last year.
We’re happy that the trajectory is in the right direction and we’d like to see them improve — maybe just a little faster. After all, when Joe Albertson opened his first market in 1939, he said “Give the customer the merchandise they want, complete with lots of tender, loving care.”
Part of that loving care is ensuring that when we walk into our trusted stores like Albertsons, the products on the shelves are safe. Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple as they were in 1939. Toxic chemicals are hiding in everyday products all around us, from cleaning products and cosmetics to baby toys and food packaging.
Even so, some large retailers such as Walmart, Target, Apple and Rite Aid made this year’s honor roll, so we know Albertsons can do better. We need them to do better. And because they care about us, their customers, we can help them along.
Albertsons is a hallmark of Idaho. And so are healthy and active communities. In 2017, Albertsons released their first public chemical policy, which states the company is “committed to quality products, product safety, environmental stewardship, and sound chemical management, including limiting the use of certain ingredients of consumer concern.” We know Albertsons is moving in the right direction, and we thank them for it. But we feel it’s important to continue urging and supporting the company to reach its goals. It’s part of who we are. It’s part of being Idahoan.