On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Wegmans Food Markets as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. For the second year in a row, this award was given to Wegmans for fostering awareness of the Safer Choice program and committing to offer cleaning products that meet Safer Choice standards. The award was presented in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, and accepted by Wegmans Category Merchant Dave Tantillo, Sustainability Manager Jason Wadsworth, and Wegmans Brand Product Manager Juan Sanchez.
EPA’s Partner of the Year Awards recognize organizations for demonstrated leadership in furthering safer chemistry and products. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. When this label appears on a product, it means the EPA has evaluated each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects.
“Our goal is to offer effective cleaning products that are Safer Choice-certified whenever possible because we believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Tantillo. “Safer Choice is the seal of approval we want our customers to become familiar with, understand, and trust as products that are safer for their families and the environment.”
Safer Choice works closely with companies to help them understand the chemistry of their products and to select safer alternatives to chemicals that pose potential health or environmental concerns. Wegmans carries a line of Wegmans brand cleaning products made with safer ingredients as well as several national brand products bearing the Safer Choice logo.
For more information about the Safer Choice Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/saferchoice