Get toxic PFAS chemicals out of food packaging

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When you walk into Albertsons or one of its subsidiary grocery stores, like Safeway, VONS, Jewel-Osco, Acme or Shaw’s, you expect the products on the shelves to be safe.

But new laboratory testing indicated the likely presence of PFAS chemicals in samples of the company’s store-brand products and food service ware it uses.

PFAS chemicals are contaminating the drinking water of millions of people across America. This toxic contamination is a public health crisis and more needs to be done to end the use of these chemicals in products like food packaging.

Tell Albertsons, America’s second-largest grocery company, to get toxic PFAS chemicals off its shelves!

Giant chemical corporations like DuPont have pushed the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) for their ability to make food packaging grease- and water-resistant. But these harmful chemicals can leach from the packaging's grease-resistant coating into the food we eat. And after the packaging is discarded, these ultra-persistent chemicals can end up in compost, soil, and drinking water. It makes no sense to use toxic chemicals in food packaging that can persist in the environment for generations to come!

PFAS chemicals have been linked to cancer, liver damage, and immune suppression. Studies have found them in the blood of nearly every American tested, including newborns. They have no place in the products we buy.

New lab testing found that PFAS chemicals were likely present in eight of the ten items tested from Albertsons and Safeway stores. Tested samples included bags of store-brand organic and conventional microwave popcorn, store-brand dental floss and even plates used under store bakery cakes. Enough is enough!

Tell Albertsons to keep PFAS chemicals off the shelves at all of its stores, including Safeway, VONS, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s, Randalls, and Tom Thumb!

Both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have pledged action on PFAS. In contrast, Albertsons has yet to make a public commitment on these chemicals.

As the second-largest dedicated grocery chain in America, with more than 2,200 stores and $60 billion in annual sales, Albertsons has the market power and a moral responsibility to ensure the food and products it sells don’t contain toxic chemicals like PFAS.


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