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I am hearing more and more about the possible harmful effects of BHT on our children and will stop buying your products if you don't remove BHT from your cereals, especially those for children. Absolutely horrid that you would put this chemical into your foods/packaging.
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Lynn- Thank you for contacting us to share your concern about the use of the perservative BHT. We use this FDA approved antioxidant to increase our products stability and ensure their freshness over the period of their shelf life. Any preservative used is at the smallest amount needed to maintain the freshness of the product throughout its shelf life and within regulatory guidelines.
Again, we appreciate your feedback and will continue to monitor evolving research to ensure our food is of the highest quality.
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I agree. I will also quit buying your products until this preservative from your foods. It is infuriating that you have allowed it into the mini-wheats that I have been feeding my 3 year old daily.
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I know you have defended your use of BHT in your cereals, citing FDA's stance that small amounts are permissible. However, if this is a known carcinogen, even small amounts should be avoided if possible. You have set your own precedent for healthful production of cereals and other goods in Europe, where BHT is banned. If you can produce your goods without harmful chemicals for use in other countries, why can the same standard not be applied in the U.S.?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
BHT in Europe vs. U.S..
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Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is an antioxidant used to keep processed foods from going bad. They prevent fats from oxidation, or damage from exposure to oxygen, which can affect flavor, freshness, and nutrient content of the food (similar to vitamin E).
We regularly customize product recipes to meet consumer preferences and market requirements in the countries where our products are sold. In all markets, we only use ingredients that are safe and meet local regulatory standards. We continually monitor new research and regulations that impact our ingredient selections and will closely follow the proceedings on this subject.
Thanks for the inquiry!
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We will not purchase any Kellogg's products as long as you continue to pump toxins into our food. I'm a retired Marine Vietnam veteran who recently lost a kidney to cancer from Agent Orange... I have nothing but time on my hands to mount and AGGRESSIVE public education campaign to inform people of your unethical and unhealthy corporate practices.
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I've switched my household to an ORGANIC "Berry" wheat cereal (like Mini Wheats with fruit but without chemicals). Using BHT is another way to "save money" by earning a longer shelf life for your product. I am part of the AWARE generation that will not just eat or use products without knowing WHAT IS IN THEM. I will try to bring the awareness to many people in my lifetime. What you eat effects your health, how you feel, your overall well-being & SOUL. There are third world countries eating healthier than we are in the U.S. and living longer lives because of it.
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The fact that you will even think about using a questionable ingredient in your products tell me you no longer have any thought or consideration for you consumers. Shame on you.. I have purchased my last Kellogg's product.
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I stopped buying Kellog's corn flakes brand in all its types starting from last week. That is when I realized BHT is an ingredient of their product. We're shopping for another brand that offers less preservatives in their ingredients even if it will cost a bit more.
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You may be compliant with the letter of the law, however not with the spirit of the law which is to provide safe food for your customers. As a responsible corporate citizen that is what is expected from you.
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I am pleased to hear that BHT is used in "safe levels". But then when realizing how many items contain BHT, I wonder what is a safe amount. The less I can take in on a daily basis, the less my body has to process, which means my odds are better that I truly did eat a "safe level" that day. If that means eliminating many Kelloggs cereals from my diet, so be it.
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i find it comical that Jessica above avoids answering the question on why Kelloggs does not choose to follow the healthier more stringent laws of England in the US.
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Hello all,
I would like to inform you all:
Although, I am not sure what the FDA guidelines call out regarding label claims, keep in mind that BHT is often used in the liners (bags) of the cereal. If the checmicle is in the bag and not in the cereal they may not have to print it on their boxes. However, science (and yes common sense) has shown stability studies where the BHT/BHA (whatever chem) can leach from the liner to the product. However, if the leaching is under FDA acceptable levels it is considered as non-toxic. Point being, just because you don't see BHT on the side of the box, doesn't mean your meal is devoid of it!

Our Children are our future! I don't care of cereal brands can have there boxes on the warehouse floors for 6 months at a time to make profit! Don't take the chance! Cancer is up 300% in 1 year! Open your eyes and take in the larger picture.

Thank you
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Thank you all for proclaiming consumer rights. There is an easy solution, BOYCOTT KELLOGG'S!!!

Let their products sit on the shelves for 6 years not just 6 months! I grew up with a boycott on Nestle back in the 70's, no sales..they will have to change their ways.
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BOYCOTT KELLOGG'S
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Jennifer

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Spread the word about BHT, boycott Kellogg's and tell others to do so too! This kind of stuff needs to change and not be brushed aside like the employee of Kellogg's did. Saving there own butts and ruining lives is NOT acceptable. It's people who push for changes. Get pushing! Why can't they do things like they do in Europe? Because it is acceptable by our FDA? Ha! Their standards and that department should be reviewed just like every other government department!!
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I agree. We are the consumers. If we don't buy they don't make money. Period! My question is why use a chemical that mimics something natural like vitamin E? Makes no sense. Use the vitamin E instead of a synthetic one that was created in a lab.....retarded stuff. Use the vitamin E!
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I scan ingredients for these letters- BHA and BHT- and if I see them I wouldn't even consider buying it. There are so many lovely cereals without these additives. Only dollars truly speak here, jjust don't buy these products. :)
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It makes me so angry that people on these boards eat this crap! this isn't food people!! wake up! This junk makes people ill which raises insurance premiums on us "health freaks"... I wish everyone would just realize what this sh*t "food" does to your body.. ugh!
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I will never eat a Kellogg's product until BHT is removed. I am a teacher and I will be informing all of the children's parents in my school about the harmfulness of this product and its unnessesary placement in families food products..such a shame
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I also have not bought any Kellogg's products as they have yet to remove BHT from their packaging. There are other safer, more natural alternatives that could be used such as mixed tocopherols or ascorbic acid. I see that Jessica also works for Kashi, why not implement Kashi's protocols to be used in Kellogg's. It would be nice if Jessica could make the initiative and start this movement. Please listen to the people and really consider making this change. It should be done as soon as possible. Thank you for your time and efforts.
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marketing and business knows no health and humanity. they will feed you everything to make them profit and will fund scientist to "make it approved" as FDA approved many toxins like ASPARTAME , so from now on, if you mind your health. you should make your own farm and produce your own natural food. this is the only way because in this world. everything is filled with toxins and genetically modified vegetables and food stuff.
you might also know that you are living in a pool of radiation (mobile and all kinds of satellite and wireless networks) as well.
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Jessica effectively skirts the issue by not answering WHY these chemicals are in the U.S. products and not in the U.K. And quit citing the FDA. They make no sense. Why are we allowed to be poisoned? BOYCOTT KELLOGGS!!!
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I recently learned about Bht and I will stop buying Rice Krispies. Period. You should not be playing with people's health like that!
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We noticed BHT appearing on the labels and looked into it. I find it disgraceful that it is used in the US products, while the rest of the world (basically) has banned it in food products.
These large food companies don't get it. The tide is turning and we the people are demanding that you put the food back into our food. As far as I am concerned Kellogg's has stated where they place me the consumer. There is very little you can do now to have be buy another kellogg's product. Trust is lost, and I will forever question what else (Not on the Label) is hiding in you products.
Enjoy those profits now, they will not last!
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I really trusted these cereals with my children's health. I really find it hard to believe that Kellogs is going this far to preserve their food. Why can't you guys find another way of storing the cereal? I am pretty sure that their are safer products out there that can do the same thing without risks. I will also stop buying your products until you guys come up with a safer and healthier preservative. It is just ashamed how money really makes people go as far as this.
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I always loved Frosted Flakes. Decided to treat myself again. Found an unmistakable bitter taste that I couldn't ignore. I see that BHT is now added, so it must be that, since there are no other ingredients. I'm not necessarily against trace amounts of certain additives, but Frosted Flakes are now inedible due to the taste, and I will throw the rest away even though a large amount is left of this jumbo size. I do not consider it safe to eat, and am extremely disappointed with Kelloggs.
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Thank you for your feedback on the use of BHT in our products. We understand that our fans have different concerns and preferences when it comes to the foods they eat, and I will pass your thoughts along. Thank you for being active members of our Kellogg Family!
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I don't think the issue is that hard to deal with. There is no BHT in Cheerios, or Kix, or other cereals that I can't think of off the top of my head. But if they don't need BHT to stay fresh, then really, neither does Kelloggs. Consumers are becoming more and more informed and pretty soon, the sales will go down, if they haven't already.
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Thanks, Emily and Kristen. I wouldn't have even examined the label except that I kept tasting an objectionable bitterness in the product. At the very least, it seems to me that they have far too much BHT, and my preference would be to ditch it altogether. For years we did fine, apparently without any BHT, since the bitterness is new.
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Emily it would be great to really understand why General Mill can figure out a way to not include BHT in Cherrios and why Kelloggs does not include BHT in European countries. I am extremely brand loyal and grew up with Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes - unfortunately I have stopped eating them and none of my children eat them because Kelloggs refuses to remove the BHT.

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