Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kroger’s Killer Chemicals

Paul Ferris, SumOfUs.org 

As many of us are getting ready for our big holiday meals, dangerous chemicals may be lurking in our favorite dishes -- and lots of other products we buy. And Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the US, is refusing to do anything about it.

Kroger is reportedly selling over 150 products with hazardous chemicals harmful to children from tableware with formaldehyde to parabens in skin care products to phthalates in children’s clothing.

Kroger lags behind competitors Target and Walmart that have comprehensive policies to screen out and eliminate toxic chemicals in their products. If they can do it, so can Kroger.

Tell Kroger: Don't put our families at risk, keep toxic chemicals out of your products.

Studies have shown toxic chemicals can migrate out of food packaging and get into the food we eat, chemicals that have been linked to birth defects in baby boys and asthma in children. One such study published this past July found 175 toxic chemicals are legally used in food production.
It’s not just toxic chemicals in food packaging. Many consumer products contain chemicals that have been linked with chronic diseases and health conditions, including cancer, reduced fertility, learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, obesity, and diabetes.

Tell Kroger it’s time to ensure packaged foods and other products they sell are safe, especially for children and pregnant women.

Kroger has the power and a fundamental moral responsibility to ensure products on their store shelves are safe and free of toxic chemicals. With your help we can make sure they do.

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More information:

Mind the Store campaign profile page on Kroger, Safer Chemicals Healthy Family Coalition, 2014

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties legally used in food packaging, FoodProductionDaily.com, October 16th, 2014