Encourage the Girl Scouts to sell an allergen free cookie
  • Petitioned Selena Sanderson

This petition was delivered to:

VP Sales and Marketing Interbake Foods
Selena Sanderson
CEO Kelloggs
John Bryant
VP and GM of Girl Scout Merchandise
Barry Horowitz
•Manager of Product Sales at Girl Scouts of the USA
Amanda P. Hamaker
CEO Girl Scouts
Kathy Cloninger

Encourage the Girl Scouts to sell an allergen free cookie

    1. Stacy Malinow
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      Stacy Malinow

      Long Island, NY

This petition was started on May 8, 2011 in honor of Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week.  For those with a food allergy, many, if not all of the Girl Scout cookies are off limits.  Consumers have a choice not to buy the cookies.  However, members of the Girl Scouts are encouraged to sell the cookies to learn skills, obtain prizes and be part of an organization.  Despite this, the organization isn’t doing enough to support and incorporate its members that have food allergies.

Nationwide, for 2009, the most recent year studied by the Center for Disease Control, the estimate for children with food allergies was 5%.  For adults, the number is 4% in America according to the Food Allergen and Anaphylaxis Network.  In 2010, the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated the number could be as high as 10%.

Based on these statistics, then approximately 132,000 members of the approximately 3,300,000 Girls Scouts are selling cookies that they may not be able to eat.  Additionally, the Girls Scouts are leaving out up to 10% of the American marketplace who cannot buy their cookies.

The Girl Scouts license their cookies to two companies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.  Both companies have been contacted by myself and others inquiring about them producing an allergen free cookie and I have been advised that there isn’t enough of a market to support such a product.  ABC Bakers even states on their website that there isn’t enough of a demand for a cookie that is free from either sugar or gluten.  However, what these two bakers and the Girl Scouts have never tried is to market just one cookie that is free from the top eight food allergens.

The cookie manufacturers and Girl Scouts have indicated that when they see enough of a need, they will consider manufacturing such a cookie.  If you or a member of your family have a food allergy and you have not been able to buy Girl Scout cookies because of this, please sign this petition letting the Girl Scouts know that they have lost out on your business but you would buy a box of cookies from them if they made a delicious cookie that is free from the top eight food allergens.

Although no support is too much, it is requested that only those that would buy a delicious, allergen free cookie sign this petition so that the Girl Scouts and its bakers know that there is a market for this and it would be profitable.  Concern for those with allergies is not enough for a company to make a business decision.  The Girl Scouts and its bakers need to see that this will be a profitable venture for them in order for us to encourage them to take on this endeavor and offer their first ever allergen free cookie.

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
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    3. Reached 9,000 signatures
    4. Girl Scouts of America sells Gluten Free Blueberry Pomegranate Nut Crunch

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      This past Fall, the Girl Scouts of America began to sell Gluten Free Blueberry Pomegranate Nut Crunch. This shows that they are listening to the needs of those with food allergies. The next big step is to see an allergen free cookie. Let's make this happen!

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    • Stephanie Von Dehn VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      My daughter would love to be able to one day be able to eat your cookies. Sadly allergies are in the rise so please do not overlook the importance of these kids being included.

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    • Maureen Mounzer NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      I stopped buying Girl Guide cookies 17 years ago when my oldest was confirmed severe dairy allergic, where even parts per million (cross contamination) caused a reaction. My next daughter is allergic to sesame and nuts. I would love to see an allergen free cookie. Very safe and inclusive. I'd buy boxes for everyone I know, and every classroom in the school. Thank you.

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    • Veronica Marshall TORRANCE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      because I was a girl scout and they had a sugar free cookie which they discounted

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    • Michael Meyers AVONDALE, PA
      • 3 months ago

      health is wealth. demons go to hell. God is the greatest

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    • Christine Hinkle FARRELL, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Because there are more gluten free options now than ever. And there are a lot more people that can't eat Girl Scout cookies now than ever. Let us have our cookies:)

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