FDA Denies Petition to Protect Consumers from Perchlorate

Statement of CSPI Senior Scientist Lisa Lefferts


Consumers can’t avoid perchlorate on their own; we rely on officials at the Food and Drug Administration to keep chemicals like this out of our food.

That’s why in 2014 the Natural Resources Defense Council, CSPI, and other health and environmental groups asked the FDA to ban perchlorate from food packaging, and in 2016 sued the agency for not acting.

It’s an ominous sign that one of the first things the FDA has done under the Trump Administration is to deny this petition.  It shows that the Administration places the convenience of the food packaging industry over the needs of pregnant women, infants, and children.

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