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Toxic Chemicals Found in Microwave Popcorn: Protect Your Child’s Health and Your Community!

TAKE ACTION! Tell Dollar Store Executives to Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Microwave Popcorn (click here) Recent laboratory testing found that all microwave popcorn we purchased from dollar stores contained hazardous chemicals linked to developmental problems, hormone disruption, liver and kidney damage, and other health problems.

All (100%!) of the samples we tested contained toxic Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)! All major brands (ACT II, Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher’s, Popweaver, Regal Cinemas, and Clover Valley) were found by an independent lab to contain these PFAS chemicals. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these chemicals move from the bag onto our popcornand then into our bodies.

Many people shop at dollar stores for their groceries, and some families don’t have other options for healthier shopping. All children deserve safe and healthy food—no matter where their family can afford to shop. It’s really important for dollar stores to offer safer alternatives and do more to get rid of toxic chemicals in their products and food. We’re calling on dollar stores to offer healthier products and protect our children—add your name!

After taking action, here are more things you can do to protect your family and friends:

  • Pop your own popcorn using bulk corn kernels as described in this video.
  • Share the video on Facebook or Twitter to alert your friends and family members to this toxic hazard.
  • 'Like' us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more information on microwave popcorn and other dollar store products containing toxic chemicals.
  • Learn more about PFAS in microwave popcorn with this factsheet in English or in Spanish.

Learn more about other dollar store products found to contain toxic chemicals that could threaten your family’s health:

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions and the Center for Environmental Health collaborated to test microwave popcorn from dollar stores and produce this educational video. 


TAKE ACTION! Tell Dollar Store Executives to Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Microwave Popcorn (click here)




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