Remove Harmful Chemical from Progresso Soup Cans

Target: Progresso

Goal: Stop lining cans with harmful chemical

The cans Progresso uses for its soup are lined with a harmful chemical linked to serious health problems. This is in spite of the fact that competitors have begun to switch the chemical out with safer options in an effort to ensure the health of consumers. Demand Progresso line its cans with a harmless substitute to protect its customers.

The chemical in question, bisphenol A, is more commonly known as the hormone disruptor BPA. Several studies have shown that it is linked with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and other life threatening problems such as obesity. Yet Progresso still labels its products as healthy, despite the clear health risks imposed.

A recent study examining individuals who consumed Progresso soups proves the seriousness of the problem. Researchers found that BPA levels in the blood of test subjects spiked after consuming the soup. The amount of BPA in the linings of these cans is significant, and must be acknowledged.

Other competing soup companies such as Campbell’s have already taken steps to remove BPA from their cans; in fact, Progresso’s sister brand from General Mills, the same company which owns it, has already completed the steps to remove BPA from its cans. There is no excuse for Progresso to refrain from taking similar action to make its products healthier.

By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Progresso to remove BPA from the lining of their cans. As a major company, it has a responsibility to not only set a positive example for smaller brands but to keep up with the health standards put forward by its competitors.


Dear Progresso,

The cans used for your soup are lined with BPA, despite the serious health problems associated with the chemical. Your major competitors along with your sister company have both switched to safer options. Match their progress and line your cans with a safer product to ensure the health of your customers.

Several studies have shown that BPA is linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, and other life-threatening problems; on top of this, a research study has shown that after eating your soup individuals faced a high spike in BPA levels in their blood. Considering how another company also owned by General Mills has switched to BPA free cans, the transition to a safer product should be easy.

Please take action to remove BPA from the lining of your cans. As a leading company, you have a responsibility to keep up with current health standards set by your competitors as well as a responsibility to set a positive example to smaller companies.


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