Sarah Kavanagh, a high school student in Mississippi, launched online petitions demanding that PepsiCo and Coca-Cola remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their Gatorade and Powerade sports drinks. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food safety watchdog group, BVO is a “poorly tested and possibly dangerous food additive and there’s no reason to use it in Gatorade or other drinks.”
BVO has been banned in Japan and the European Union based upon research that has shown the chemical is building up in people’s bodies with links to impaired neurological development, reduced fertility, early onset of puberty, altered thyroid hormones among other health concerns.
Her petitions have gained more than 200,000 supporters.
ASPIRE congratulates Sarah for the actions she took to protect the health and safety of American consumers.