For Fifth Year, EPA Recognizes Wegmans Food Markets as a Safer Choice Retailer

Rochester, N.Y., September 26, 2019 -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Wegmans Food Markets has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. For the fifth 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.

EPA’s Partner of the Year Awards recognize organizations for demonstrated leadership in furthering safer chemistry and products, and promoting the Safer Choice label. 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.

Wegmans is transitioning all Wegmans brand household cleaning products, laundry detergents, and dish detergents, where science allows, to EPA Safer Choice-certified formulas. The entire line of these products, approximately 46 in total, is being reformulated with the goal of offering a full range of Safer Choice, mainstream cleaning products that effectively clean a home from top to bottom. 

“We’ve committed to offering Safer Choice products because we believe it’s the right thing to do,” said David Tantillo, Wegmans category merchant. “Safer Choice certification makes it easy for consumers to find cleaning products that are safer for them, their families, and the environment. Because of that, it is the seal of approval we want our customers to know, understand, and trust.”

Through the Safer Choice program, the EPA 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:

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 100-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts. The family company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 22 consecutive years, ranking #3 in 2019. The company was also ranked #1 for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 2019 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® study.

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