© Reuters. A Walmart sign is pictured at one of their stores in Mexico City

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday it has sent letters to Walmart (NYSE:) Inc, Kroger (NYSE:) Co and 10 other convenience store chains for selling tobacco products to minors.

In the letters, dated April 5, the FDA asked the companies to submit a plan of action within 30 days, describing how they will address and mitigate illegal sales to minors.

The 10 other retail chains include Casey’s General Store, Family Dollar Stores, 7-Eleven Inc and retail stores run by Chevron Corp (NYSE:), Royal Dutch Shell (LON:) Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:), Citgo, Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:), Sunoco LP, and BP (LON:) Plc. (https://

“We all share the important responsibility of keeping harmful and addictive tobacco products out of the hands of kids. Retailers in particular are on the frontlines of these efforts to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use and nicotine dependence,” the FDA said in the letter.

The FDA has rolled out a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan as part of its push to discourage teens from smoking.

“The new retailer letters are part of #FDA’s continued actions as part of its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and the agency’s ongoing commitment to combat youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,” FDA spokesperson Jennifer Rodriguez said on Twitter https://twitter.com/FDASpox/status/1116781622412685313.

In February, the regulator said it was taking action against certain retailers including Walgreen Boots Alliance for repeatedly flouting tobacco sale rules, including sale of cigars and menthol cigarettes to minors.

None of the 12 companies were available for comment after market hours on Friday.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Source link