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Petition to Bill Partyka

Tell Gerber: Get the Arsenic Out of Babies’ Cereal!

Arsenic is a toxin proven to cause cancer. It can also permanently harm a child’s ability to learn. One of the biggest sources of children’s Arsenic exposure is infant rice cereal. This is why Healthy Babies Bright Futures started a petition to tell Gerber, a leading producer of infant foods, to reduce the arsenic in our children’s rice cereal. Infant rice cereal is one of babies’ first foods, and naturally occurring arsenic in rice can be harmful for a growing baby’s brain. In fact, studies have found arsenic in every container of rice cereal that has been tested and it is the #1 source of arsenic for babies. Gerber has already demonstrated that they can be a leader in this effort to make rice cereal safer. Just last year, the company took its infant brown rice cereal off the market (brown rice has the highest arsenic levels). Now, we’re calling on Gerber to cut down the level of arsenic to 25 ppb – a level comparable to amounts our tests found in its multi-grain infant cereal. We believe parents should be able to feed their baby a spoonful of cereal without worrying about whether it could be a risk. It’s time for Gerber to take action. If you agree that Gerber should help parents protect their child’s ability to learn and thrive, please sign and share this petition. Tell Gerber it’s time to cut the arsenic in our babies’ cereal!

Healthy Babies Bright Futures
114,694 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Bill McHugh, Andy Monroe, Lia Preuss, Caitlin Cox, Kai-leé Berke

Persuade the Tadpoles daycare app to send auto-notifications of absences to parents

Recently an acquaintance of ours accidentally left her 15-month-old baby in the car; she changed routines and forgot to drop the baby off at daycare and drove straight to work, kind of on autopilot. The child died in the heat. What safeguards can we put in place to make sure this doesn't happen to other children? No prevention measure is 100%. But many clever safeguards to lessen the risk have been proposed – putting a shoe in the backseat, sensors in car seats,  setting an alarm on one's cell phone, for example. Another relatively simple safeguard would be for daycares and childcare app providers to implement no-show policies. If a parent has gone on autopilot and forgotten to drop a child at daycare, a notification could be sent to the parent and coparent and a tragedy could be prevented.  Tadpoles is the app that our daycare uses that sends auto-notifications to parents at the beginning of the day ("child has been dropped off") and at the end of the day (what the kids had for lunch, what games they played, etc.) So our simple suggestion is this: why not ALSO send caregivers auto-notifications if a child doesn't show up? We have suggested to the Tadpoles app providers that they implement a no-show notification system but they have told us that they have no plans to do it right now. So please join us in petitioning Tadpoles to update their app with this feature. If they do it other daycares and app providers might just do it as well. If this measure saves just one child it will have been worth it.  Some of you might be thinking "well this would never happen to ME" and "only bad parents accidentally leave babies in cars" and "what kind of society do we live in that parents have to be reminded of their own children"? and "a good parent doesn't need a reminder." If these thoughts are going through your head I ask you to take a step back and ask yourself: is the principle of "but you shouldn't *need* a reminder" more important than saving a child from a horrific death? What kind of person are you if you elevate your disgust and judgment of frazzled parents above an opportunity to save babies from death and suffering? Bottom line – this happens to about 35 children a year. And whether it happens because parents are just bad parents is really irrelevant. I don't believe that only bad parents make this tragic mistake – I think it can happen to ANY parent given the right cocktail of sleep deprivation, autopilot, and bad luck. I am a good parent. I am a loving and careful parent. Yet I know what it is to be on autopilot and make mistakes. The only difference between me and other parents is that I have been luckier. But for the sake of argument, let's assume it's only bad parents who accidentally leave children in cars. Don't the children of bad parents deserve protection too? At the end of the day we can shame parents or we can save kids but we can't do both. "Only bad parents do this" is a dangerous and destructive narrative that is going to get more babies killed. Maybe if we start talking honestly about these tragedies we can save lives in the future. Maybe together we can encourage daycares, app providers, and car manufacturers to join us in finding solutions. Let's start with Tadpoles, which is a major provider of daycare auto-notifications. We can hope that other companies will follow suit.  

Kathleen Shriver
481 supporters