Wal-Mart Canada accelerates response to consumer concerns; pulls products containing BPA from shelves.


    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada today announced that it
will immediately stop the sale of select baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers,
food containers and water bottles containing bisphenol A (BPA), as identified
by its product suppliers.
    While the company is awaiting additional guidance from Health Canada on
specific safety concerns and restrictions of products with BPA, Wal-Mart
Canada has worked to expand the range of BPA-free alternatives for baby
products, including large shipments of glass baby bottles.
    "For many months, we've heard loudly and clearly from customers committed
to buying BPA-free products, particularly in the baby aisles," said Andrew
Pelletier, Wal-Mart Canada's vice president of corporate affairs. "Regardless
of the expected scientific results, we have responded to this consumer demand
with an increased variety of BPA-free products. And, although we are removing
items from our shelves today, we're well stocked for the future with safe
alternatives."
    Wal-Mart stores Canada-wide will remove from their shelves baby bottles,
sippy cups, pacifiers, water bottles, and food containers with BPA. The
company is establishing a do-not-sell order, to restrict all Wal-Mart Canada
cash registers from sales transactions of these products.

    Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada operates 299 stores
nationwide, serving more than one million Canadians daily. With more than
75,000 associates, the company is one of Canada's largest employers.




For further information: Karin Campbell, Wal-Mart Canada, Manager,
Corporate Affairs, (905) 821-2111 x. 4042