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Brominated Vegetable Oil: Industry Statements

Brominated Vegetable Oil: Industry Statements

Below is a statement on behalf of the FDA:

“The FDA understands that some consumers may have concerns about brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food products. Based on its review of the science, the FDA has determined that BVO is safe and presents no health risks at the permitted level of 15 parts per million”

For more information, visit fda.gov.

Below is a statement on behalf of the American Beverage Association:

“The current conversation surrounding brominated vegetable oil is more sensational than substantive. Brominated vegetable oil or BVO, which is used in some beverages, improves the stability of the beverage by preventing some ingredients from separating. It is a safe ingredient permitted by the FDA and is listed on the ingredient statement when present in a beverage. Importantly, consumers can rest assured that our products are safe and our industry adheres to all government regulations.”

For more information, visit ameribev.org.

Below is a statement on behalf of PepsiCo, makers of Gatorade:

“Gatorade prides itself in having deep relationships with consumers and athletes. As standard practice we constantly evaluate our formulas and ingredients to ensure they comply with federal regulations and meet the high quality standards our consumers and athletes expect – from functionality to great taste. We’ve followed these principles and guidelines since Gatorade was invented in 1965.

We appreciate Sarah as fan of Gatorade and her concern has been heard.”

For more information, visit pepsico.com.


Why Are These People Crying?

Written by Michelle Kretzer 11-09-2012

Paul McCartney famously said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” So an intrepid group of animal advocates found a way to bring the slaughterhouse to the sidewalk. Every Saturday night, volunteers Jennifer Mennuti and Boyd Weidman screen PETA’s “Factory Farming in 60 Seconds Flat” for passersby on Miami’s busy Lincoln Road.

For many people, it’s the first time they are staring into the faces of the animals they call “steak,” “ham,” or “nugget.” There in front of them is the irrefutable evidence that their “entrée” was a cow who coughed and choked as the blood spilling from her slit throat ran down her face and covered the floor below, a pig who screamed and cried as he was burned to death in scalding-hot water, a chicken whose desperate squawks went unheeded as her broken legs were slammed into shackles and she stared past the long line of her comrades to the whirring blades that would end her life. A photographer caught some of the people’s reactions, and it seems Paul was right.

PETA supporter Andrew Kirschner, who hosts a radio talk show about animal rights, published the photos on his blog, Kirschner’s Corner, accompanied by the real-life experiences of slaughterhouse workers, taken from Gail A. Eisnitz’s book Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry. Continue reading “Why Are These People Crying?”