Letter grade = F
Total points = 12.5 out of 130
Albertsons received the third lowest grade of any retailer evaluated, with a letter grade of F and only 12.5 points. Albertsons has no public safer chemicals policy in place. Albertsons (Safeway) sells some private label cleaning products that are Safer Choice certified. Additionally, the company has reported some progress in reducing the use of BPA in canned foods. Albertsons stated in a communication that: “Albertsons Companies has been working with our Own Brand product suppliers to identify acceptable alternatives to packaging containing BPA. It is our desire as a company to use BPA- free packaging for as many products as possible. We expect to make the transition on an ongoing basis as new options become commercially available. In the meantime, using alternatives that are currently available, we have made notable packaging and product changes. In addition to those changes noted to the above children’s products, we have eliminated the use of register paper containing BPA.” However, the company has not disclosed a timeframe or plan for completely eliminating and safely substituting BPA in canned foods.
Opportunities for improvement: Albertsons can make progress by developing a public written safer chemicals policy, setting public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern, and completely eliminating and safely substituting BPA and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in food packaging. Albertsons should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.