Powerade: If Gatorade can take crazy chemical BVO out of sports drinks, so can you
  • Petitioned Scott Williamson

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Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
Scott Williamson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Ben Deutsch
Director of Communications
Susan Stribling
Group Director, Global Brand PR
Judith Snyder
Senior Vice President
Sonya Soutus
Vice President
Rand Carpenter
Chief Marketing Officer
Alison Lewis
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
Marcus Wade
Director of Executive Communications
Steve Soltis
Wendy Clark
Chief Sustainability Officer
Bea Perez
Head of Global Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Emmanuel Seuge
VP, Global Marketing Strategy
Mike Dillon
Director, Sports Marketing
Ellen Lucey
VP, Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Partnerships
Bob Cramer
Chief Quality and Product Integrity Officer
Carletta Ooton
Ahmet Bozer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Glen Walter
Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer
Joseph V. Tripod
Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer
Clyde C. Tuggle
Vice-President, Public Affairs & Communications,
Diana Garza Ciarlante
Vice President, Social Commitment
Caren Pasquale Seckler
Brand manager for Powerade
Victoria Badiola
Brand manager
Raquel Lachman
Brand manager
Kavita Patel
Brand manager
Tutul Rahman
Steve Cahillane
Marketing manager
Adrian White (Marketing manager)

Powerade: If Gatorade can take crazy chemical BVO out of sports drinks, so can you

    1. Sarah Kavanagh
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Kavanagh

      Hattiesburg, MS

May 2014


Thanks to the people who signed my petition on Change.org, I’m glad to know the Powerade sold at my school and consumed by people around the world will be a little bit healthier without BVO in it. I knew that if Gatorade could do the right thing, so could Powerade.

A couple months ago, I found out that one of my favorite drinks, Gatorade’s Orange, contained brominated vegetable oil (BVO). According to Scientific American and other news reports, BVO is patented as a flame retardant and has been banned in Europe and Japan. So I started a Change.org petition asking Gatorade to stop using it. More than 200,000 people signed my petition on Change.org and we won! But I learned that BVO is also in other drinks, like Powerade’s red fruit punch that is actually sold in my school!

It’s weird because Gatorade’s fruit punch doesn’t have BVO! But Powerade’s fruit punch does, and it is probably one of the most popular flavors for my friends. It is so wrong to be selling something like that to a bunch of kids anywhere! What are these companies thinking? I don’t want anyone in my family touching that stuff. Why do these companies put all this weird, crazy stuff in our food and drinks?

After Gatorade agreed to remove BVO from their drinks, a lot of people have been encouraging me to keep going, so now we’re back to officially ask Powerade to do the same thing! It’s common sense that sports drinks here shouldn’t contain crazy ingredients that are banned in entire countries because of health concerns.

I’ve read some crazy information about how BVO and the ingredient bromine can build up in people’s bodies over time and how the chemical is linked to problems with hormones and fertility and stuff like that. I also saw that Powerade may be the official drink of the NCAA for college athletes! Athletes shouldn’t be drinking that! NASCAR also has a deal with Powerade, but I don’t know why unless it’s to put out those engine fires!

Gatorade did an amazing thing and agreed to stop using BVO, and I hope the entire beverage industry is paying attention. Consumers don’t want BVO and every day that they keep it in there makes us trust them less.

For now though, Powerade pretends to be a healthy sports drink and it has to decide if it wants to be the only one (there will be no BVO in Gatorade or Vitamin Water) that still uses a chemical banned in Europe and Japan and that its main competitor, Gatorade, agreed to remove.

I know Powerade will listen. If they sell those things overseas without BVO, why risk my health and my friends’ health?

*Please sign and share to support me*

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. More BVO petitions for you to sign

      Sarah Kavanagh
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a page with more BVO petitions to sign. You can also use that page to start your own campaign. https://www.change.org/campaigns/bvo

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. Post on Powerade's Facebook page

      Sarah Kavanagh
      Petition Organizer

      After you sign my petition, please post a message on Powerade's Facebook page. Their US page is www.facebook.com/poweradeion4 and their international one is www.facebook.com/powerade.

      You can post a message like this or anything you want. "Why does Powerade use BVO which is banned in Europe and Japan? Gatorade says they will stop using it, why can't Powerade?"

      Thank you.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures


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