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Wal-Mart Steps Up Push to Shed Potentially Harmful Chemicals

  • The goal is to cut harmful substances by 10 percent by 2022
  • Retailer is also adding some fragrance allergens to its list
Operations Inside A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Location Ahead Of Black Friday
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its program to clean up the products it sells, setting a 2022 target for reducing potentially harmful substances and widening the list of chemicals it wants to avoid.

The world’s largest retailer aims to reduce the chemicals in products such as household cleaners, cosmetics, skin care and infant items by 10 percent by then, according to a company statement Wednesday. It’s also added some fragrance allergens to its so-called priority list of substances it wants to remove from goods.