Let’’s Go Organic! Grocery Store Bans Products That Contain Toxic Chemicals

8 FEB 2008 PICTURE BY ROBERT DAVIS Vox pop on face cream, being sold at Aldi in Quedgeley, for £1.89.------gv story Emma L.

An affordable grocery store from Europe is only selling organic products after banning all toxic chemicals. Chemicals such as Thiamethoxam, Chlorpyrifos, Clothianidin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Fipronil, Imidacloprid, Sulfoxaflor and other pesticides were banned and cannot be found in any of their products. Besides chain stores all around Europe, Aldi will soon expand to the USA, where currently it only has select stores. The plan is to open 500 more stores over the next two years, as a result of a $3 billion expansion. Another recent announcement is that they will soon start to stock fresh meat and fish, while also analyzing the distributors that they buy from.

Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi said in a recent statement that, “At ALDI, we are dedicated to the well-being of our customers by providing high quality groceries at the lowest possible prices and offering foods shoppers can feel good about serving their families. Our decision to remove these ingredients from all of our exclusive brand foods delivers on our ongoing commitment to meet the evolving preferences of our customers. Since more than 90 percent of the products we sell are under our exclusive brands, eliminating these ingredients will have a real impact on the over 30 million people who shop in our stores.”

Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com wrote that this is a sign of a changing industry.

“Today’s shoppers are more involved with food than ever before. They want to know everything about their food and the companies that supply them – especially as it relates to ingredients and the impact on their families. ALDI is leading the supermarket industry in rightly responding to the science that shows the implications of these ingredients, and meeting the needs of the increasingly savvy consumers who don’t want artificial or potentially harmful ingredients in the products they buy,” Lempert stated.
Aldi is renowned for its low prices, which, according to a recent price survey, are 30% lower than those of its competitor Wal-Mart. Aldi’s strategy is to order food from specific sellers that have low prices, even if that means less product diversity. Furthermore, costs are also reduced by limiting sore displays and investments in advertising.

Recently they also announced that their new policy concerning pesticides and GMO foods will soon be effective.

The pesticides being removed are:
  •     Thiamethoxam
  •     Chlorpyrifos
  •     Clothianidin
  •     Cypermethrin
  •     Deltamethrin
  •     Fipronil
  •     Imidacloprid
  •     Sulfoxaflor

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9 Responses to “Let’’s Go Organic! Grocery Store Bans Products That Contain Toxic Chemicals”

  1. johnnie wood says:

    I never concerned my self with the food i consumed untill i almost died.then i made a life style change and recovered my health and my life.i am now a believer in organic foods.every where i look folks are sick with cancer,hart disease and dibetic,the hand writing is on the wall,change or live sick and die sick.i am a unlikley man to be advocating for change,redneck,routy as hell,backwoods and a real southeren country boy,but i am not stupid.WE AS AMERICANS MUST WAKE UP and take our health and well being back,bad health is costing our nation in so many ways.I THANK I WILL NOW START SHOPING AT ALDI BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT ME AS A HUMAN BEING AND NOT JUST MY MONEY.

  2. celeste bouffiou says:

    this is wonderful. Come to America

  3. Eric Bjerregaard says:

    Boron is a toxic chemical. It is the active ingredient in pesticides that kill roaches. It is a necessary minor mineral for plants that you sell. Grow up and learn the facts and quit listening to the marketing idiots. Who will cause your stores to be a joke. I will not shop there until you quit the nonsense.

  4. Monica Noblin says:

    I am axtiously awaiting more nonGMO and organic standards on products in your American store like you have in Europe. This will make it much easier to shop.

  5. Trashcraft says:

    Oh no! I thought more stores were starting to listen to science and not the ridiculous ‘natural’ claims. I saw coconut oil that was labeled ‘non gmo’ in an Aldi store–that is INSANE. There are no coconuts that are gmo anyway, so why the mislabeling?? And, organic farming uses all kinds of pesticides too–just because they are natural does not mean they are ‘safer’ or ‘better’. Shame on you Aldi; don’t fall for the woo.

  6. Leonie Edge says:

    Here in Australia, there are many Aldi stores. My husband and I are too fat and we are ageing and have health problems.

    As such, we are going through our pantry, ‘fridge and freezer, and gradually getting rid of, either through consuming or through the chicken yard, all of our processed food, and then replacing with low fat, low sugar and low salt, and purely Australian, because we cannot trust the labelling that says ‘Imported Food’. Could come from anywhere and have anything in it.

    Added to that unsavoury mix, we have specifics of where the food is from – but how do I trust it? New Zealand, for example, a close neighbour to us, both geographically and in terms of Western culture reigning supreme, has a nasty habit, apparently, of importing from elsewhere and re-packaging as a ‘Product of N.Z.’. Not a good look, and the word is out.

    Bearing all of this in mind, I am now looking far more closely at packaging labelling.

    Went into our local Aldi’s. Checked the frozen veggies. Peas from, wait for it, Belgium.

    What?!

    Belgium is a tiny Country, nasty Winter. How could they grow enough peas to ‘feed’ Aldi’s International chain of stores?

    So, I am now in a mental quandary. Is Belgium ONLY importing to certain parts of Australia (given our appetite for peas) or is it doing a New Zealand? And, therefore, could have any chemical or number of life changing chemicals in their Belgique products?

    Sorry, don’t trust Aldi’s frozen vegetables.

    Love their Aussie grown fresh fruit and veggies, mind you. even if the prices are pretty close to other supermarket chains.

    Check your choices.

  7. T Ealker Frankeny says:

    Who could complain?…Good food, good prices and helpful knowledgeable shoppers assistants…The stores always seem to be neat, well organized and the products seem to be easily accessible. Shockingly low prices at times…I am for the stores that only provide good wholesome product…who has time to waste time rating toxic, poison or just plain junk?…A commendable effort Aldi’s.

  8. Faith Jones says:

    I’ve always shopped at AldI over the big name store chains her in the U.S. This move to chem-free produce will be fantastic! Is love to see more vegan options for “meat” and “dairy” tho. Then I wouldn’t have to go anywhere else. Fingers crossed!

  9. Ed Valdez says:

    We had them in Western New York but never saw them as that kind of store. I layer saw them in Spain and was curious to know if they were the same company. I guess that answered my question. We now have them in San Diego. I guess we’ll have to check them out.

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