Is food packaging safe?
Ohio Citizen Action asks companies to disclose use of Teflon chemicals

text of letter
company deadline company's response
AFC Enterprises, Inc. October 5, 2005 no response
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. October 5, 2005 no response
Black Jewell Popcorn December 9, 2005 no response
Burger King July, 2005 July 2005 - Burger King phased out use of coated fluorochemical paper products in 2002. They state that they now use only food grade grease-resistant paper that must be certified to not have any fluoropolymer or telomer applications
Campbell Soup Co. October 5, 2005 October 12, 2005 - Campbell states that they follow government regulations, but they do not address fluorochemicals
ConAgra Foods September 28, 2005 September 19, 2005 - ConAgra states that they use fluorochemicals and will continue as long as the EPA and FDA say it's safe

January 31, 2006 - ConAgra's Foods Inc. stated that they use packaging made with a material that has PFOA as "a trace impurity" but, according to ConAgra, no PFOA migrates into food
Cousin Willie's - Ramsey Popcorn Co. November 30, 2005 November 30, 2005 - Ramsey states that they meet FDA regulations, but they do not address fluorochemicals
Dairy Farmers October 5, 2005 no response
Dole Food Company October 5, 2005 no response
Domino's Pizza LLC September 28, 2005 September 19, 2005 - Dominos states that they do not use fluorochemicals in their packaging
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream September 28, 2005 no response
Dunkin' Donuts July, 2005 July 2005 - Dunkin' Donuts couldn't say for sure if they use fluorochemicals
Frito-Lay, Inc. October 5, 2005 October 11, 2005 - Frito-Lay states that they do not use fluorochemicals in their packaging
General Mills, Inc. October 5, 2005 October 13, 2005 - General Mills will consider addressing fluorochemicals in a future report
Georgia-Pacific Corp. October 28, 2005 October 11, 2005 - Georgia-Pacific states that they do not use fluorochemicals in their packaging
Giant Eagle Inc. November 28, 2005 no response
Jolly Time November 30, 2005 November 29, 2005 - Jolly Time states that they do not use Zonyl in their popcorn bags
Kellogg Co. October 5, 2005 November 1, 2005 - Kelloggs states that they do not use fluorochemicals in their packaging
Kraft Foods, Inc. October 5, 2005 October 20, 2005 - Kraft states that they do not use fluorochemicals in their packaging
Krispy Kreme July, 2005 July 2005 - Krispy Kreme denied the use of telomers. Krispy Kreme spokesperson Brooke Smith said that the company uses an all-natural clay-based product for their paper packaging
Kroger Co. November 28, 2005 December 28, 2005 - Kroger states that they work closely with the FDA, which considers fleuorochemicals to be safe
McDonalds July, 2005 In 2003, McDonald’s used fluorochemical applications. Corporate spokesperson Julie Pottebaum confirmed widespread industry use of telomer coated paper-packaging products. “As is the case throughout the food service industry, our suppliers use telomers in limited coating applications for some of our packaging."

January 31, 2006 - McDonald's Corp states that they are switching to PFOA-free coating on its food packaging
Meijer Inc. December 9, 2005 December17, 2005 - Meijer's local store stated they would pass on the concerns to the buyer
Nestle USA, Inc. September 28, 2005 no response
Newman's Own November 30, 2005 no response
Newman's Own Organics November 30, 2005 December 12, 2005 - Newman's Own Organics states that they have requested their popcorn bag supplier research and investigate alternatives for their microwave bags
Papa John's September 28, 2005 October 14, 2005 - Papa Johns states that they do not use fluorochemical in their packaging
Pizza Hut, Inc. September 28, 2005 no response
Pop Weaver November 30, 2005 no response
Sara Lee Corp. October 5, 2005 no response
Smart Balance, GFA Brands December 9, 2005 no response
Starbucks Corp. October 5, 2005 no response
Trail's End November 30, 2005 no response
Tyson Foods, Inc. October 5, 2005 no response
Wal-Mart December 23, 2005 March 8 , 2006 - Wal-Mart states "we will be working with our suppliers and the appropriate regulatory agencies to reduce the presence of Teflon chemical C8 in the products we offer in our stores."

February - March 2006 - Wal-Mart's VP of Product Development, Matt Kistler, and Ohio Citizen Action's Simona Vaclavikova, discuss Wal-Mart's commitment to reducing and eliminating Teflon chemicals from food packaging in their stores.

June 1, 2006 - In a letter to Simona, VP Matt Kistler writes "we will be working with our suppliers and the appropriate regulatory agencies to reduce the presence of PFOAs in the products we offer in our stores."
Wendy's July, 2005 July 2005 - We don’t use paper products coated with fluorotelomers,” said Kitty Munger, corporate spokesperson for Wendy’s
White Castle July, 2005 July 2005 - White Castle’s corporate media relations office failed to respond to multiple requests for information