Confirmed victory

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 petition asking Gatorade to stop using it. More than 200,000 people signed my petition on 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?

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Letter to
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications Scott Williamson
Chief Quality and Product Integrity Officer Carletta Ooton
President Ahmet Bozer
and 25 others
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
President Steve Cahillane
VP, Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Partnerships Bob Cramer
Director, Sports Marketing Ellen Lucey
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
Marketing manager Adrian White (Marketing manager)
I heard that Gatorade recently decided to stop using brominated vegetable oil in its products. I think that was a great thing for them to do. It took 200,000 people to weigh in on last time, but I hope you avoid the controversy and remove this chemical, too.

Considering it is banned in Europe and Japan, I’d like to think my health is as important as the people who live there! I hope you’ll agree.

A crazy chemical linked to flame retardants has no place in our sports drinks.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sarah Kavanagh started this petition with a single signature, and won with 59,374 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.