Article of Interest: Walmart Bans 1,200+ Harmful Ingredients in ‘Clean Beauty’ List

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article:

Walmart bans over 1,200 harmful ingredients from new ‘clean beauty’ list: ‘We can do better for our customers’” via Yahoo! News.

The products, according to Walmart, are made without any ingredients included on the company’s “Made Without List.”

In an effort to reach shoppers where they’re at, Walmart has announced Clean Beauty, an online shop featuring more than 900 products aimed at environmentally conscious shoppers.
The retail giant has compiled a list of more than 900 products that are free of potentially harmful ingredients listed on the organization’s Made Without List (MWL). According to a release by Walmart, the list was developed by reviewing state and federal regulations and expert input from the Environmental Defense Fund. The list includes chemicals such as formaldehyde and PFAs.

This issue is important for people who suffer from chemical intolerance (CI), said Dr. Claudia Miller, allergist/immunologist, professor emeritus, and leader of the Hoffman TILT Program at UT Health San Antonio.

How can you find out if you are chemically intolerant?

Answer these three questions from Hoffman TILT’s Brief Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (BREESI):

  1. Do you feel sick when you are exposed to tobacco smoke, certain fragrances, nail polish/remover, engine exhaust, gasoline, air fresheners, pesticides, paint/thinner, fresh tar/asphalt, cleaning supplies, new carpet or furnishings? By sick, we mean: headache, difficulty thinking, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, upset stomach, etc.
  2. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse or allergic reactions to any drugs or medications (such as antibiotics, anesthetics, pain relievers, X-ray contrast dye, vaccines or birth control pills), or to an implant, prosthesis, contraceptive chemical or device, or other medical/surgical/dental material or procedure?
  3. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse reactions to any foods such as dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, caffeine, alcoholic beverages, or food additives (e.g., MSG, food dye)?

If you answer YES to any of these three questions, take the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) and share the results with your doctor!