Jennifer, a 15-year old Food Day supporter who runs Peanutallergyguru.com, recently emailed us expressing concern over the issue of peanut cross-contamination in supermarkets, as peanut allergies have continued to soar in the United States. We couldn't agree more that this is of serious concern, and points to larger issues in our food system that not everyone can eat the same things and that there must be greater collective awareness around what we put in our bodies.
We ask that you join us in signing Jennifer's petition to the White House to ban the display of loose peanuts in open containers. Jennifer only has 1 month to obtain 100,000 signatures, and as she noted, "as a 15 year old girl, I only know so many people!", so help Jennifer out and share the petition with your friends and family.
It is a common practice for supermarkets to display loose peanuts in open containers. This practice opens the possibility of cross contamination throughout the store. Shells are discarded on the floor, baskets and carts.
The prevalence of people today with peanut allergies has tripled in the last decade. 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from nut allergies according to www.peanutallergy.com.
It's the most common form of food related death says www.aafa.org
This petition is to have a general bill proposed to ban the display of loose peanuts in open containers. This does not ban the sale of peanuts in its entirety, bagged and jarred peanuts would still be available.
This would protect unsuspecting children and adults from unnecessary exposure.