Ban the Use of Toxic Chemical in Tableware and Cookware

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Target: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Goal: Ban the use of the toxic chemical melamine in cooking utensils, plastic and paper products.

A recent study shows you are what you eat—and what you eat your food with as well. Researchers have gained valuable information on the chemical melamine, most commonly used in tableware, discovering that it may leech into food after exposure to high temperatures. Demand the Food and Drug Administration ban the use of melamine in all tableware and cookware.

Melamine is used in tableware and cookware due to its high durability, making dishes virtually unbreakable. However, the chemical has been linked to kidney stones in children and adults after constant low exposure. A recent study in Taiwan studied melamine excretion in volunteer’s urine after consuming hot soup from melamine bowls. The results show a dramatic difference in melamine levels in the urine of volunteers using melamine bowls versus those using ceramic bowls. It is still unknown whether the amount of melamine released is enough to cause serious health problems; however, the results are alarming and the chemical should be banned until it is studied more extensively and deemed safe.

Many Americans expect their dishware to safely hold hot foods and withstand microwave exposure. The study shows that this chemical may leech into our foods more than we think. More information on the health risks associated with melamine exposure is necessary. Sign this petition and ban the use of melamine in tableware and cookware until it is deemed nontoxic and safe for handling hot foods.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Food and Drug Administration,

I would like to express my concern for the use of the toxic chemical melamine in tableware and cookware. A recent study shows melamine leeches into foods when exposed to high temperatures. Many Americans use melamine bowls and plates for hot soups and foods, as well as in the microwave.

New information shows the use of melamine products may not be safe and need significantly more testing. It is still unknown whether the amount of melamine released is enough to cause serious health problems. However, the chemical should be banned until it is studied more extensively and deemed nontoxic. Melamine is linked to kidney stones in children and adults, and may be causing more heath issues than we think. It is time to act now.

Please ban the use of melamine in cookware and tableware until it is deemed 100% nontoxic and safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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