Applaud General Mills for Banning Harmful Preservatives


Target: CEO of General Mills Ken Powell

Goal: Thank company for removing a harmful preservative from its products.

The use of the harmful preservative Butylated hydroxytoluene, or BHT, is banned in many countries, including Japan and England. Many have fought for the FDA to take this product off of America’s shelves and to ban its use in food products. While the FDA has yet to take action, General Mills has made a great step by declaring to remove it from its products.

BHT is known to have harmful effects on the human body, including increasing the chances of liver damage, kidney damage, a weakened immune system, and even cancer. Infants and young children are even more prone to the side effects of BHT, a problem since General Mills produces many foods that children consume, including cereals like Cheerios, Chex, and Kix.

Vani Hari, the creator of the Food Babe organization, was responsible for starting a petition asking General Mills to stop using BHT. Their success has led to safer eating for all Americans who consume General Mills’ products.

While work is still being done to persuade the FDA to ban BHT completely, General Mills removing the harmful preservative can serve as an example for other companies to follow. There is no need for this harmful chemical to poison our food. By signing the petition below, you will be thanking General Mills for its great decision to remove BHT from its products.


Dear Mr. Powell,

Butylated hydroxytoluen is a harmful chemical that is used as a preservative in many foods across America. Banned in Japan and some European countries, BHT is known to be associated with liver damage, kidney damage, a weakened immune system, and cancer. Unfortunately, it is still approved by the FDA in America and many companies continue to use BHT as a preservative despite its side effects.

Infants and young children are even more susceptible to the dangerous effects of BHT. Companies that produce products targeted towards children should be more mindful about the effects these harmful chemicals can have on their health and development.

Luckily, companies like yours are making great strides to protecting the health of Americans. Your company has set a great example that other companies will hopefully follow. I would like to thank you for removing BHT from your products and for helping to protect Americans by providing safer and healthier products.


[Your name here]

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