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

September 14, 2005

Dear (food packaging company):

Recent studies and government investigations focus on efforts to determine how the Teflon-related chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), has made it into the blood of almost every American. PFOA is mostly known as an ingredient to make Teflon. However, the current public and scientific research surrounding fluorotelomers, used widely in food packaging, pinpoints the food industry as one possible pathway of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Studies conducted by EPA show PFOA is toxic to animals at low doses and never breaks down in the environment. The federal EPA declared PFOA a "likely" human carcinogen in June 2005.

I am writing today to encourage (your company) to publish a public statement that assures customers that the products used to wrap and contain its food do not contact fluorotelomers or any similar chemicals. Please respond to me in writing by September 28th, 2005.

Ohio Citizen Action is the state's largest environmental organization, with 100,000 dues-paying members. With the controversy mounting over PFOA and fluorotelomers, we are focusing on the food industry and its use of fluorotelomers as part of our ongoing research. As you may know, one likely source of exposure is the food packaging coating known as Zonyl ®. We are determined to keep our 100,000 members informed about the emerging facts on toxicity of these chemicals and possible path exposures through food wrapping.

Your public statement on fluorotelomers would prove your corporation to be a leader in protecting the health and safety of both your employees and customers. Please be advised that if we do not hear from you, we will consider a public outreach campaign targeting your company with the goal to have you disclose any current use of fluorotelomers in packaging, and commit to discontinue that use.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Simona Vaclavikova
Central Ohio Program Director
Ohio Citizen Action

company deadline company's response
Nestle USA, Inc. September 28 no response
Pizza Hut, Inc. September 28 no response
Domino's Pizza LLC September 28 September 19 - Domino's does not use PFOA in their packaging
Papa John's September 28 October 14 - Papa John's does not use PFOA in their packaging
ConAgra Foods September 28 September 19 - ConAgra does use PFOA and will continue as long as the EPA and FDA say it's safe
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream September 28 no response
Dole Food Company October 5 no response
Sara Lee Corp. October 5 no response
Kellogg Co. October 5 no response
Kraft Foods, Inc. October 5 no response
Tyson Foods, Inc. October 5 no response
Dairy Farmers October 5 no response
General Mills, Inc. October 5 October 13 - General Mills will consider addressing PFOA in a future report
Starbucks Corp. October 5 no response
Campbell Soup Co. October 5 October 12 - Campbell doesn't acknowledge PFOA problem and states they will follow current government regulations, and take no precaution on the use of controversial chemicals
AFC Enterprises, Inc. October 5 no response
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. October 5 no response
Frito-Lay, Inc. October 5 October 11- Frito-Lay does not use PFOA in their packaging
Georgia-Pacific Corp. October 28 October 11 - Georgia-Pacific does not use PFOA in their packaging