As the first national retail pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco, CVS Pharmacy offers consumers the innovative products and services they need to live their healthiest lives. As part this commitment, we have removed partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods, from all our exclusive store brands food products. Artificial trans fats in processed foods are linked to rising rates of heart disease in the U.S.
CVS Pharmacy announced the change a year and a half ahead of the Food and Drug Administration's deadline of June 2018 for processed foods to be reformulated without artificial trans fats, and was the first national retail pharmacy chain to do so. This translates to more than 600 exclusive snack and grocery options on our store shelves that are free from artificial trans fats.
"We applaud CVS Pharmacy for working proactively to remove artificial trans fats from its store brands products well in advance of the federal deadline," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention at the American Heart Association. "The early removal of trans fats in all CVS Pharmacy store brands products will help to improve overall heart health and prevent heart disease for many Americans."
The early removal of artificial trans fats from all store brands products follows a significant expansion of healthy foods to stores nationwide throughout 2016. CVS Pharmacy also developed the "Fit Choices" shelf-tagging program to help customers easily identify products that fit nutritional and dietary preferences including heart healthy, good source of protein, gluten free, sugar free, organic and non-GMO project verified.
"At CVS Pharmacy we are dedicated to helping our customers lead healthier lives, and moved quickly to ensure all of our snack and grocery store brands products are free from artificial trans fats," said Senior Vice President Front Store Business and Chief Merchant Judy Sansone. "Our commitment to producing high-quality products reinforces that CVS Pharmacy is a leading health destination."