The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is launching a new campaign against Walmart.
The organization announced the campaign today in a letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.
“In 2016, Walmart bought a lot of supplies for people with food allergies and food intolerances,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the ACLU’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.
“But in 2017, Walmart also bought a ton of things for people who weren’t allergic or intolerant, like kids with asthma and people with allergies or sensitivities.”
In 2017, according to the ACLU, Walmart sold a total of 664 million packages of products that included foods and supplies.
The ACLU says that Walmart has used a loophole in its contract with Walmart Stores that allows the retailer to sell packages of food products for a low price to consumers who are allergic to them.
Under this loophole, Walmart is allowed to sell products that are “contains allergens” that Walmart doesn’t label.
“Walmart’s breach of its contract is a betrayal of the promise of consumers to receive safe and nutritious food,” Verheiden-Hillard said.
“This is a clear violation of the First Amendment, and Walmart should take action to end it.”
Walmart stores sell a variety of products, including health and beauty products, household goods, and other essentials.
Verheyden-Hillert said the Walmart loophole should be closed.
The company should immediately immediately ban Walmart from purchasing any packages of any products containing allergens.
Walmart stores have been known to buy items from third-party retailers that Walmart later resells.
Verhyden-hilliard noted that Walmart is the only major retailer to have purchased food from these vendors.
“As the CEO of a major retailer, Walmart should be taking steps to prevent these loopholes from being used to sell dangerous products to vulnerable Americans,” Verhiden-Hilliard said.
Walmart has been a target of an increasing number of consumer lawsuits against the company.
In May, a class action lawsuit filed by consumers alleged that Walmart stores are selling contaminated products.
In August, a California-based class action sued Walmart for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In December, a lawsuit filed in the United Kingdom claimed that Walmart was violating the EU General Consumer Protection Regulations (GCPR) by selling a range of contaminated foods, including the tainted meat used in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.
The lawsuit claimed that McDonald’s was selling the meat to McDonald’s suppliers who were unaware that the chicken was tainted.
A similar class action suit filed in Texas was also filed.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is also investigating allegations of violations of the EU GCPR by McDonald’s.