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Walmart to Restrict PBDE Flame Retardants

2:31 PM MST | February 28, 2011 | Kara Sissell

Walmart (Bentonville, AR), one of the U.S. industry’s most influential customers, has notified suppliers that it will begin June 1 testing certain products for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). The move is part of a broader Walmart initiative that would restrict certain substances in selected products sold by the retailer.  Walmart in 2006 announced that it would ban three substances: propoxur and permethrin, both used in household insect-control products; and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), an ingredient in some cleaning products. It later...

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