Tell Albertsons: Get toxic forever chemicals out of our food
We expect the food we buy from a local grocery store that we eat or serve to our families to be safe.
But new laboratory testing of food packaging from Albertsons - the second-largest grocery store chain in the country whose stores include Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s/Star Market, Randalls and Tom Thumb - indicated the presence of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in many of its store-branded products, including some organic brands.1
These toxic fluorinated chemicals, called PFAS or "forever chemicals" because they don't degrade in the environment and take a very long time to leave the body, are linked to cancer and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. We must speak out now and demand that Albertson's remove these chemicals from their shelves immediately.
Tell Albertsons: Get toxic "forever chemicals" out of your food.
In addition to food packaging, PFAS chemicals are found in drinking water across the United States and in common household items, like non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and waterproof clothing. PFAS exposure is linked to a whole host of diseases including "immune system toxicity, elevated cholesterol, delayed mammary gland development, effects on the thyroid and liver, and cancer."2
Food companies use PFAS in packaging for its water- and grease-resistant properties, but the chemical leaches into the food we eat and becomes a persistent threat in the environment. The testing conducted by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future found that the packaging of many store brands on the shelves of Albertsons-owned grocery stores indicated the presence of PFAS chemicals, including dental floss, bakery cakes and packaging for conventional and organic popcorn.3
Activism to ban PFAS from food packaging is working. One of Albertsons' top competitors, Ahold Delhaize, the owner of Food Lion, Giant, Stop & Shop and others, recently announced that it's banning PFAS from its store-brand food packaging.4 And after public pressure by allies and food safety experts, Albertsons replaced some packaging items, although many still remain on store shelves.
While this is a step in the right direction, it's simply not enough to replace only a few items. Albertsons must remove all PFAS chemicals from its stores now.
Thank you for speaking out.
- Mike Schade and Erika Schreder, "Toxic food packaging at the grocery store?" Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, May 13, 2019.
- Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, "The Risks of PFAS," accessed Oct. 2, 2019.
- Toxic-Free Future, "Study: PFAS in Food Packaging," accessed Oct. 2, 2019.
- Lorraine Mirabella, "Giant Food and other Ahold Delhaize stores restrict use of toxic chemicals in packaging," The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 20, 2019.