BREAST CANCER ACTION QUEBEC, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, MIND THE STORE AND UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS CANADA

For immediate release: September 5, 2019

Statement on Costco Canada’s commitment to phase out receipts containing toxic BPA or BPS

Toronto, Ont. – Our organizations offer our congratulations and thanks to Costco Canada for promptly responding to calls by consumers and workers across the country to phase out the use of receipt paper coated with BPA or BPS by the end of 2019.

Two weeks ago, we launched a public call-to-action urging Costco Canada, Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada, Canada’s largest grocery retailers, to ditch toxic receipts by the end of this year.

Costco Canada was the first, and so far, the only company to respond to our call and honour the request of thousands of workers and consumers who wrote letters to the company over the last two weeks asking for immediate action on this issue. We encourage the company to ensure that substitutes don’t contain other hazardous bisphenols or regrettable substitutes.

With its decision to phase out BPA and BPS receipts, Costco Canada has shown that the retail sector can readily step up and take the measures necessary to protect workers and the public from hazardous chemicals, even in the absence of government action. We are now renewing our call to Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada to follow the lead of Costco Canada and commit to removing bisphenol-coated receipts by the end of the year.

This is a joint release by Breast Cancer Action QuebecEnvironmental Defencethe Mind the Store campaign and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Sarah Jamal, Environmental Defence, sjamal@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-323-9521 ext. 251