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Consumers who want chemicals removed from products protest

By Lauren Maxwell 8:51 PM April 16, 2014

They say Walgreens has yet to respond to requests to meet or consider policy changes

ANCHORAGE –

People who say they want toxic chemicals taken out of everyday products held a protest today in front of an Anchorage Walgreens store.

The so-called “mind the store” campaigns took place in front of Walgreens around the country.

Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, a member of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, said Walgreens has not responded to requests to give consumers more information about the products they sell. She also wants the retailer to remove products from the shelf that contain ingredients known to cause conditions like cancer.

“We want them to stop selling products with toxic chemicals,” Cruz-Guilloty said. “Since April of last year we have sent them over 60,000 signatures asking them to stop.”

Cruz-Guilloty says the campaign has also targeted other retailers but only Walgreens has refused to meet with them or respond.

A spokesman for the company released a statement today. It said Walgreens works with all its product representatives to make sure they meet required regulations.

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