food safety

51 petitions

Started 3 days ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration

Tell the FDA to Ban Artificial Dyes in Consumer Products

When I was 14, I experienced shooting pain and a tingling sensation in my left wrist. Through MRI scans and nerve conduction studies, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. According to a study performed by the University of Erlangen Medical Center in Germany, 76% of all patients become symptomatic between the age of 40-70 years [1]. Although carpal tunnel syndrome is not uncommon in adults, it is quite rare in children [2]. Soon after my diagnosis, I experientially verified that artificial yellow food dye (FD&C Yellow #5) was the cause of my symptoms. FD&C Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) is an artificial dye derived from petroleum. Not only is it linked to nerve damage, it can also cause allergic reactions such as asthma, general weakness and blurred vision [3]. 6 out of 11 studies regarding Yellow #5 showed genotoxicity [4]. Furthermore, Yellow #5 may be contaminated by benzidine, a confirmed human carcinogen [5]. Despite all these health risks, Yellow #5 is still widely used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics.  Although the FDA requires that manufacturers indicate the use of Yellow #5 in products, there are no requirements to warn about its possible adverse side effects. Other artificial food dyes pose similar health hazards (including tumors and hypersensitivity) [6]. These dyes do not provide any nutritional benefit. Such dangerous ingredients should not be allowed in our food. European countries have already recognized and published warnings about the dangers of artificial dyes. Concerned about the health of their citizens, these countries have taken steps to eliminate artificial dyes from their products. The pressing battle for our collective health is imperative to address. How many people need to suffer from the hazardous effects before the FDA finally bans artificial dye in consumer products? Please sign and share this petition to support the fight against harmful color additives. References: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], [6]  

Ban Artificial Dye
77 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to European Commission, European Parliament, Parma Ham Consortium, RETAILERS

Speak out against pig cruelty behind Parma Ham

A fancy restaurant, a glass of wine with some melon and ham… Sounds like a plan, right? Think again: behind your slice of prosciutto there’s a shocking reality. In March more terrible images hit the news revealing extreme animal suffering in the pig industry, this time filmed inside farms rearing pigs for world renowned delicacies including Parma Ham. The video shows mutilated and distressed pigs packed in mice-infested, overcrowded and filthy pens, never to see daylight or breathe fresh air. There is an unbearable scene of a pig stuck on his back inside a food trough, urinating on himself out of fear. The pig industry wants us to believe that these are just a few “bad apples”, but the evidence of widespread abuse across the pig industry in Europe is overwhelming. The horrible scenes from Italian pig farms are only the latest in a series of investigations showing the same reality across Europe: pigs are highly intelligent and sentient beings, but they undergo systematic suffering for the profit of industrial farmers in total disregard of existing EU laws. It’s time to show that you are no longer willing to be duped and that you don’t accept sugar-coated excuses from an inhumane and unsustainable pig industry. This is your chance to call on the European Union, national ministers and food businesses to put a stop to this cruelty! Sign this petition and call for better lives for pigs. Concerned citizens worldwide: pigs in Europe need you! The EU is the biggest exporter of pork, sending its products to every country in the world. So if you live outside Europe, please sign to show you care about the animals that are behind the European ‘delicacy’ products on the shelves in your country. Your signature can make the difference! Thank you,    

Eurogroup for Animals
356 supporters