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FDA: Get cancer-causing chemicals out of ALL food packaging now!
  • Petitioning Margaret Hamburg, MD

This petition will be delivered to:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Margaret Hamburg, MD
Media Represenative, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Patricia El Hinnawy
Media Represenative, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Curtis Allen
Media Represenative, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Shelly Burgess
Media Represenative, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tamara Ward

FDA: Get cancer-causing chemicals out of ALL food packaging now!

    1. Susan Beal
    2. Petition by

      Susan Beal

      Portland, OR

The FDA just announced that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial hormone-disrupting chemical that studies show is linked with cancer, obesity, heart disease, and other life-threatening diseases.

This is a huge step towards getting dangerous chemicals out of our food supply. BPA isn't just found in baby products -- routine tests have found BPA in more than 80% of Americans' bodies. It's used in packaging food, lining cans for soups and sodas, and more.

Protecting my kids doesn't stop when they graduate from bottles and sippy cups. I am counting on the FDA to help regulate this dangerous chemical so the people I care about most in the world are safe -- no matter how old they are.

I know that together we can make a difference. Last year, I helped pass a ban on BPA in children's products in my own community in Oregon. Doctors, researchers, and medical experts testified about the risks of this chemical and the importance of keeping BPA out of our children's bodies. I was moved to tears by the hundreds of people who signed my Change.org petition in support of that campaign, and I hope this petition will make the FDA take notice, too.

Major brands have already begun distancing themselves from BPA due to consumer outrage. These companies have shown great leadership, but moving company by company and product by product is taking too long. BPA will continue to make people sick until it's out of our food supply for good. We need strong action from the FDA now to protect us, and our kids, from these dangerous chemicals.

Tell the FDA to ban BPA now.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 200,000 signatures
    2. Tell the FDA to ban BPA in infant formula, too!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Just want to share the update that MomsRising and Healthy Food Action have added their support to an important petition by Rep. Edward Markey, asking the FDA to ban BPA in all infant formula packaging NOW. Please add your name to their open letters here:
      http://action.momsrising.org/sign/NoMoreBPA/?akid=3469.1957766.vmD40N&rd=1&t=5

      and here:
      http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6562/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11555
      Huge thank-you to Rep. Markey! If you want to research more on his efforts, his petition is Docket No. FDA-2012-F-0728.
      Thanks so much, everyone!
      -Susan

    3. News piece on toxic PVC in kids' school supplies is up!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,
      A video of yesterday's news piece on toxic chemicals in school supplies just went up right here:

      http://www.koinlocal6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3726408

      Thank you so much to KOIN news for their continued coverage and support for our fight to get toxic chemicals out of our consumer products - food, drinks, and now backpacks! Kids' school supplies should NEVER have poisonous toxins in them and the PVC issue is especially horrifying - it transfers readily from the soft vinyl of a raincoat, backpack, or boots so children can easily breathe it into their little lungs. It's been linked to dozens of health issues like cancer and asthma. We need the real laws like the Safe Chemicals Act to test and regulate chemicals like this one before they go on the market!

      Thank you for your amazing support. We are so hopeful that our nearly 200,000 voices will make a huge difference! Please spread the word and the petition link to friends - thank you so much.

      -Susan

    4. New toxic chemicals in school supplies - what you can do

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,
      I was so horrified to hear about the new studies this week showing that some PVC backpacks, notebooks, and other school supplies for kids contain up to 60 times as much toxic chemicals as toys are allowed to have! You can see more details here:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57500969-10391704/back-to-school-study-finds-high-levels-of-phthalate-chemicals-in-kids-backpacks-supplies/

      The CHEJ has put together a super helpful guide for choosing non-toxic school supplies - you can read more info and download it here:

      http://chej.org/2012/08/backtoschool2012/

      KOIN 6 News interviewed me about the toxic chemicals issue this morning and I think it will be on at 4 pm. I shared our petition, and some more info on the Safe Chemicals Act - which would regulate thousands of chemicals in our food, drinks, receipts, school supplies, and all the other consumer products we use every day. I will link when it's up!

      Thank you to everyone for the wonderful support.
      -Susan

    5. 175,000 signatures + our petition on the news!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! We have just reached 175,000 signatures as of 12:08 pm today - what an awesome milestone! Huge thanks to all who have joined us this week. I wanted to share the link to a great, positive news piece on our petition on KOIN (channel 6 here in Portland, Oregon) - they interviewed me about our efforts to get cancer-causing chemicals out of our food packaging and gave lots of details on why BPA is a health concern. I can't thank the reporters at KOIN enough for their support and spreading the word.

      I linked the video (about 2 minutes) below - in case it doesn't come up directly, it's called "Portland mom hopes to ban BPA in all food packaging" (it aired Thursday, August 2).

      Have a great weekend!
      -Susan

    6. So close to 170,000!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all, thanks so much for supporting the petition and adding your voice to ban chemicals in our food packaging! The more people join us, the easier it will be to make real progress with the FDA and companies... so if you can share the link to the petition with friends, or post it on your Facebook or twitter, that would be wonderful. We are so close to 170 THOUSAND signatures!!

      I'm so excited that Mark Bittman, cookbook author and New York Times columnist, tweeted about our BPA petition yesterday - food safety is a huge issue for all of us! I posted the link below. Thank you to everyone who has gotten involved and is helping so much.

      PS - if you are in Portland, Oregon or nearby, I was interviewed about our petition yesterday for KOIN-6 news, and the segment should air today (I think at 4pm). Our county banned BPA in baby products last year after a unanimous vote, and over a thousand people signed my petition on change.org in support of a ban. Thanks to all who cheered us on!
      -Susan

    7. 150,000 signatures + more you can do!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! More than 150,000 of us have signed the petition to ban cancer-causing chemicals in our food packaging! Thank you so much to everyone who has signed or shared the link. I hope the FDA will take notice of just how many of us are calling for safe food and products!

      Banning BPA is a crucial first step, since it is so widespread in food packaging and cans, but it's just one of many dangerous chemicals in the marketplace. I linked a New York Times article by Dominique Browning on the other toxins - BPB, BPF, BPS, flame retardants and more. As she says: "The system is broken. We must reverse the process: test first. And we should allow only chemicals proven to be safe into the marketplace."

      If you live in the US, please join me in asking both your senators to support the Safe Chemicals Act this fall, which would test and regulate chemicals much more carefully. The Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121 or you can email them directly instead. Every action helps!

      Thank you!
      -Susan

    8. Reached 150,000 signatures
    9. Huge thank-you + Safe Chemicals Act action!

      Susan Beal
      Petition Organizer

      I'm so thankful for everyone who has signed our petition - more than 85,000 people have now asked the FDA to ban BPA in food packaging!

      Here is another huge thing you can do to help keep dangerous, toxic chemicals out of our food and drink - please contact your US senators asking them to support the Safe Chemicals Act, which will be voted on in the next few months. This bill would test thousands of chemicals for safety in all consumer products - unfortunately, BPA is just one of many chemicals we need to take action on.

      You can send a quick email to your senators using this Environmental Defense Fund website link (below), or call their offices directly (the main switchboard number is 202-224-3121). It only takes a minute to voice your support, and this law would be a solid protection for all of us and our kids.

      Thank you for your amazing advocacy!!
      -Susan

    10. Reached 75,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • margaret mills BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      i eat lots of sweetner? grhhhh

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    • Sheryl Obregon CARROLLTON, TX
      • 4 days ago

      "For the people!", not "For big business!".

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    • Alexus Fry DALLAS, TX
      • 5 days ago

      I dont want cancer no one does!

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    • Karliegh Braswell MONTGOMERY, TX
      • 12 days ago

      Because no products, for any age group, should be allowed to contain harmful chemicals. I feel like that's a no-brainer.

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    • darrel nay AUSTRALIA
      • 14 days ago

      i'm alive

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