Kellogg’s & General Mills, It’s Time To Provide A Date! When are you dropping BHT?

I am completely astounded with the incredible work we are doing. I can’t thank you all enough for your amazing activism and support on our campaign to get BHT out of cereal! More than 30,000 of you signed this petition in the first 24 hours and we started making headlines and received some amazing news coverage:

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Kellogg’s & General Mills: Drop the BHT From Your Cereal – Like You Do In Other Countries!

Today, I’m launching a petition to ask Kellogg’s and General Mills, the world’s largest cereal companies, to drop the preservative BHT from all of their cereals like they do in other countries. 

It’s hard to imagine a world without cereal. Like so many of you, I grew up eating it almost every day. I discovered that many of the most popular cereals in America, like Rice Krispies and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, contain the chemical Butylated Hydroxytoluene, otherwise known as “BHT”.  

Companies like Kellogg’s and General Mills do not use this ingredient in cereals in other countries.

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They took BHT out of cereals completely, and replaced it with safer alternatives in Europe – but continue to sell cereals with BHT here in North America. This chemical should not be in our food!

  • BHT is not proven safe! It’s linked to cancer (1) in some animals studies and is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with hormones (2).
  • The approval of BHT as a food additive has been called one of the worst failures of our regulatory system by the respected Environmental Working Group and is included in their list of dirty dozen food additives (3).
  • The Center For Science In The Public Interest (CSPI) classifies BHT as a “Caution” ingredient (4) that is unnecessary, is easily replaced by safe substitutes, and to avoid it when possible.
  • There’s conflicting data about whether BHT promotes the growth of tumors, and its research is controversial (5) – too controversial to allow it in our food! The European Food Safety Authority (6) notes that short-term and subchronic toxicity study findings are inconsistent. BHT simply hasn’t been proven safe and researchers agree that more studies need to be conducted.

Millions of children are eating this risky additive for the most important meal of the day.

Why should Americans needlessly consume a controversial chemical if these companies have already figured out how to make their cereals without it?

It’s time we demand the same here in the U.S!

That’s why I’m petitioning Kellogg’s and General Mills to completely remove BHT 
 from their cereals.

We deserve the same safer ingredients other countries get.

It’s time to dump the BHT!

Let’s end #RiskyCereal together, please join and sign the petition here.

xo,

Vani 

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The One Thing Subway Is Still Hiding From All Of Us!

Witnessing the power of the Food Babe Army this week has been absolutely incredible. 

On Tuesday, February 4th, I launched a petition for the removal of a dangerous plastic chemical called azodicarbonamide from Subway sandwich bread – the same stuff used in yoga mats, shoe rubber and synthetic leather. This was after repeated attempts to reach out to Subway since June of 2012 to learn more about why they are using this (asthma inducing and potentially carcinogenic) chemical here in North America and not in any other countries. They never responded until now. 

Within 24 hours, the petition received over 50,000 signatures, and Subway’s social media channels were completely overrun by concerned citizens and the Food Babe Army. I want to thank the countless number of friends, family members, fellow bloggers, organizations, and everyday citizens who took swift action to tell Subway we deserve the same safer ingredients they use overseas.  

To date, the petition has received over 78,000 signatures and counting. 

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