Pepsi: Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from Mountain Dew
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Pepsi: Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from Mountain Dew

    1. Lauren Lazerus
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Lazerus

      Mount Sinai, NY

When I heard that Gatorade was removing BVO from its beverages I was really optimistic that Mountain Dew would do the same. After all, they're both owned by PepsiCo. The last I heard, though, there are no plans to remove this chemical, and I refuse to drink another Mountain Dew until they replace the BVO with something else that's not banned in so many parts of the world.

PepsiCo is being irresponsible by not showing they care about Mountain Dew customers' health. Dr. Oz did a great report on this chemical and how it's similar to flame retardants. I enjoy the taste of Mountain Dew, but I don't want to drink that and I won't until they do what's right.

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is banned in the European Union and Japan among many other places around the world and is believed to be a harmful additive by many. It is a member of the Bromide family which has been used in making products flame retardant! Google it. See if it's something you think PepsiCo should be putting in Mountain Dew. If they already know it's too controversial for Gatorade, why are they leaving it in Mountain Dew?

This is my first petition, and I truly hope to make a difference.  Please take a moment to share this with the people you know. Thank you for your support!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. FDA does not believe BVO is "a public health priority"

      Lauren Lazerus
      Petition organiser

      Here's some information about the FDA's stance on BVO which is not a secret, but frustrating nonetheless. BeverageDaily.com writes that the FDA's stance on BVO is that, "changing the interim approval status of BVO would require an 'expenditure of the FDA's limited resources' and 'is not a "public health priority for the agency at this time." Well guess what FDA? It is a public health concern, for us! You can check out this article here:

      http://mobile.beveragedaily.com/Regulation-Safety/US-beverage-industry-should-ban-BVO-in-soft-drinks-German-professor#.URghSkW9Kc1

      I will be following up with additional info on the FDA's interim approval status. Thanks to all of the supporters of this petition!

    3. We've reached over 1k signatures!

      Lauren Lazerus
      Petition organiser

      Thank you to everyone who has supported this petition thus far and who has been an important part in reaching over 1k signatures in just over a week. We are on our way and we will make a difference by telling Pepsi and other beverage manufacturers that we do care about what's in our drinks!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. WebMD Explains BVO

      Lauren Lazerus
      Petition organiser

      Check out this great article by WebMD contributor Brenda Goodman. It answers many questions in simple and easy to understand language.

      http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20130129/brominated-vegetable-oil-qa

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Bromine Poisening

      Lauren Lazerus
      Petition organiser

      I just found this case about an individual who ended up with Bromine poisoning after consuming large amount of soda containing BVO. While it appears as though you have to drink large amounts to see acute symptoms, it does not seem a far stretch to assume that we are better off not consuming items containing this substance as the effects over longer periods does not seem to be known. Here's the link to the information: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/15563659709001219?journalCode=ctx&

    8. BVO In More Beverages Than You Think

      Lauren Lazerus
      Petition organiser

      Powerade, a competitor of Pepsi's Gatorade, also contains BVO. Check your fruit flavored drinks, there's more than just electrolytes and vitamins in there!

    9. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Janice Crider FORT WAYNE, IN
      • 5 months ago

      Shame on you Pepsi!

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    • Beatrice Esquivel PENITAS, TX
      • 5 months ago

      I love dt. Mt dew, please make it safe to drink

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    • Tammy Stoltz PATTON, PA
      • 5 months ago

      I have stopped drinking Mtn Dew until BVO is removed it was my favorite drink I really enjoyed.

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    • kevin mccoy WINTER PARK, FL
      • 5 months ago

      I love Mt. Dew and don't want to drink BVO

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    • Crystal Drolsum SEVEN VALLEYS, PA
      • 6 months ago

      Simply unacceptable for the FDA to allow this ingredient to be put in our children's drinks! Makes me SICK !

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