High amounts of lead, sodium in Lunchables

Let's get Lunchables out of the school lunch program

 

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Consumer Reports’ latest tests found store-bought Lunchables and similar lunch kits contain relatively high amounts of lead, cadmium, and sodium. And all but one of the kits tested positive for the plastic chemical phthalate, linked to reproductive problems, diabetes and certain cancers.

Two Lunchables kits made specifically for schools are eligible to be served to children through the National School Lunch Program. We think our kids deserve better choices. Sign our petition to the USDA to take the needed steps to make sure these Lunchables aren't eligible for the school lunch program.



Petition to the USDA:

We urge the USDA to take the needed steps to ensure Lunchables processed food kits are not eligible for the National School Lunch Program – and give our nation's school children healthier food choices. New tests from Consumer Reports found that store-bought Lunchables had relatively high amounts of lead, cadmium, and sodium. And all but one kit (Lunchables Extra Cheesy Pizza) contained the plastic chemical phthalate, a known hormone disruptor that can contribute to an increased risk of reproductive problems, diabetes and certain cancers.

Even in small amounts, lead and cadmium can cause developmental problems in children, with risks increasing from regular exposure over time. And eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure: about 14 percent of children and teens have prehypertension or hypertension. Please take the necessary steps  to ensure these  processed food kits aren’t eligible for the  lunch program, and offer our children healthier choices.