U.S. EPA honors Food Lion with 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award
SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award, one of the agency’s honors for commercial refrigeration achievements by GreenChill Partners.
Food Lion officials received the award Monday at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference in Baltimore, Md. The annual achievement award is in recognition of Food Lion meeting its GreenChill commitment for reducing refrigerant emissions.
"Food Lion has been a member of GreenChill since the partnership began in 2007," stated Tom Land, GreenChill partnership manager. "Since then, Food Lion has continually renewed their commitment to reducing harmful refrigerant emissions. Earning a Superior Goal Achievement award is further evidence of this."
Food Lion has won GreenChill’s Distinguished Partner Award and its Superior Environmental Achievement Award in the past. Food Lion has pioneered various technologies that save energy and reduce harmful refrigerant leaks from GreenChill to building two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Certified stores in both North Carolina and South Carolina.
Food Lion has more than half of the nation’s Energy Star stores, with more than 1,000 certified stores. In addition, the company has partnered with utilities to evaluate a variety of such energy-saving opportunities as solar power.
P&G to eliminate triclosan, diethyl phthalate from products
CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is working to eliminate two chemicals — triclosan and diethyl phthalate — from its products by 2014, the manufacturer has stated on its website.
According to P&G, triclosan is an antimicrobal ingredient that slows or stops the growth of germs, such as bacteria and mildew. P&G stated that it only uses triclosan in antibacterial dish soap, professional hand soap and a few personal care products.
“Although triclosan is known to be safe through numerous studies and regulatory reviews, there are ongoing discussions about how effective it is for reducing bacteria compared to regular soap. Due to our limited use of the ingredient, we have decided to eliminate triclosan from our products by 2014,” P&G stated.
The second ingredient to be phased out is phthalates. P&G stated that it “70% of the way there and will be finished by 2014.”
Phthalates are a diverse group of materials that make plastics more flexible and are used in a wide variety of products — from building materials, to medical devices, to sporting equipment. P&G stated that it only uses one phthalate, diethyl phthalate (DEP), in its formulated products. It is present only at very low levels as a component in some of its products’ fragrances.
“DEP has been thoroughly studied and found to be safe. But we understand that DEP can get mistakenly linked to other phthalates in the public discussion because of its name. So we have been working for several years to eliminate DEP from the fragrances used in our products,” P&G stated.
The national coalition The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commended P&G for the move and urged other large manufacturers who have not taken such steps to follow suit.
More than 1 million smokers attempted to quit because of CDC campaign
ATLANTA — A series of smoking ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that detail the health problems of real-life smokers led more than 200,000 smokers to quit immediately, the agency said Monday.
The CDC said that of those who had quit immediately thanks to the "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign, which it launched last year, more than 100,000 would likely quit permanently, and a total of 1.6 million had attempted to quit. The agency had estimated that 500,000 would attempt to quit, and 50,000 would do so successfully.
"Quitting can be hard, and I congratulate and celebrate with former smokers — this is the most important step you can take to a longer, healthier life," CDC director Tom Frieden said. "I encourage anyone who tried to quit to keep trying — it may take several attempts to succeed."
The ads feature former smokers who have faced such health problems as cancer and emphysema, offering "tips," such as not facing the water while taking a shower if one has had a tracheotomy.