food safety

47 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Bob Miller, Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons , Rodney McMullen, Kroger Customer Service, Kroger Sustainability Department, Safeway Customer Service

Kroger and Albertsons: Get toxic BPA out of canned food

Did you know that eating canned soup or cooking with canned tomatoes could expose your family to the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA)? A recent report released by the Mind the Store Campaign and other NGOs found this hormone-disrupting chemical in the majority of canned foods tested on store shelves. Tell Kroger and Albertsons to get it off their shelves and switch to a safe substitute! BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, and diabetes.  It’s been removed from baby products and many reusable water bottles but it’s still in the plastic lining of lots of cans. It has no place in our food. Study after study has shown that BPA leaches from packaging into food and gets into our bodies. It’s especially harmful to the most vulnerable among us—young children and babies in the womb. Studies have linked kids’ BPA exposure to obesity, asthma and ADHD. Kroger and Albertsons, the biggest grocery chains in the U.S., have the power and a moral responsibility to get this toxic chemical off their shelves.  Together, they own over 5,000 stores across the country, including subsidiaries like Safeway, Fred Meyer, Acme, Shaw's and Harris Teeter. Kroger pledged to stop using BPA in food cans in 2011 but five years later, it's still in use. Albertsons has also made commitments to act on BPA, but it’s still in their cans. According to the report BPA Buyer Beware, 62 percent of Kroger "generic" cans tested contained BPA and 50 percent of Albertsons and Safeway brand cans analyzed tested positive. Meanwhile, some other leading brands like Amy’s and Con Agra Foods have already completely eliminated BPA from their can linings.  Even small doses of BPA have been found to affect health - it doesn’t belong in the food our kids eat. Tell Kroger and Albertsons to get it off their shelves and switch to a safe substitute! Together we can get big grocery retailers to safeguard our health and get unnecessary toxic chemicals like BPA out of the food supply.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
46,805 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Columbia Threadneedle, Colin Moore, Jeffrey Knight, Colin Lundgren, Nicholas S. Pifer, Melda Mergen, Ted Truscott, Malcolm Ryerse, Jay Leopold, Kirk M. Moore, Joseph D. Kringdon, Thomas A. Jones, James Bumpus, Ryan Lund, Kristine Young, Kevin Kalicak

Please Stop Investing in Animal Cruelty!

Plastered throughout Columbia Threadneedle’s website is its motto: "when it comes to investing, consistency is beautiful." Unfortunately, there's nothing beautiful about investing in a company that consistently neglects important animal welfare and food safety concerns. By investing in Darden, parent company of Olive Garden and other major chains, Columbia Threadneedle is backing irresponsible and outdated factory farming practices.I have been working as an investment banker for 20+ years, and I feel that I know bad business when I see it. Thousands of Darden’s customers are demanding that it adopt meaningful animal welfare and food safety standards in its supply chain, but the company has completely ignored the request.The investors at Columbia Threadneedle must take notice: Darden's leadership is engaging in socially irresponsible behavior and consequently, bad business. Companies like Starbucks, Burger King, Aramark, and dozens of others have all committed to comprehensive and sweeping animal welfare policies — investments would be better pursued with these companies.I urge the leadership at Columbia Threadneedle to reconsider their investments in Darden now. Public opposition to Darden is growing. I urge Columbia Threadneedle to take the side of corporate responsibility, improved animal welfare, and consumer transparency.Thank you,Curt

Curt Albright
37,885 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Janet Woodcock, M.D.

Make listing all ingredients in a product mandatory

Who do you know with an allergy? Is it a friend or family member? If not, you must have at least heard about what deadly allergies can do to people. Anaphylactic shock is a type of severe allergic reaction. Common allergies are to animals, bug bites, foods, and chemicals in drugs. People with allergies that are serious, and even life threatening, have to constantly be on alert. Common allergies, like nuts and shellfish, are listed on menus and on packaging for foods that contain these items. But what about less common allergens? I, for one, am allergic to cinnamon. Throughout my experience, I've been questioned about whether or not it's a legitimate allergy. It's less common than being allergic to a bee sting, that's for sure.  Avoiding my allergen isn't as easy as one would think, mostly because it's unlisted in the ingredient list of many foods. The phrases "mixed herbs and spices" and "natural and artificial flavors" are the bane of my existence, because for me, it's a gamble. Either I take the chance that there isn't cinnamon, and I get lucky, or I end up panicking as my throat swells.  When I go to get a coffee at Wawa, Starbucks, or some other restaurant, and I ask if there's a specific ingredient, the employee should be able to easily locate the ingredient list and tell me whether or not the allergen is present. Large companies can get away with listing the common allergies, and main ingredients. But for people with lesser known allergies, and who have severe reactions, unnamed ingredients could mean a visit to the emergency room.  What I want is for every ingredient in food, drugs, and bodily care products like soaps, shampoos, and bath bombs, to be listed. Labels like "mixed herbs and spices" and "natural and artificial flavors" are doing nothing to help, and are incredibly vague. I believe all ingredients should be listed, no matter how small. For some people, this is a matter of life and death.

Christa Anony
110 supporters