So back in our newsletter in August 2013 we informed you that Parkers Pretzels had a new nasty ingredient added that meant we could no longer recommend them as a safe snack option. We were very disappointed at the time because they were one of the few packaged savoury snack options that met our safe criteria (no harmful additives). But times have changed.
After months of consumer activism and support from many additive free organisations like ourselves, Parkers have finally done something. It’s now June 2015 and they’ve finally fixed their pretzels. (Well we were first notified back in April but were a little slow in getting this post together!) So it turns out that is has taken Parkers over 18 months to get this harmful antioxidant 319 out of their pretzels. It is truly amazing that it has taken SO long.
What a mission, and there are so many people that deserve thanks for their part it making this happen. We’d like to thank fellow “no-harmful-additives” advocates Sue Dengate at Fedup, Jenny Ravlic at Additive Education, Francine Bell at Additive Free Kids, Melanie Avery at Let’s Party Additive Free, Angela Rako at Healthy Angels, and Tanya Winfield at Additive Free Pantry. And thanks to everyone who contacted Parkers and helped make a difference.
Speaking up is important – and it DOES make a difference. Due to many calls from concerned consumers, other companies have also removed harmful additives from their products
- Vaalia decided to remove 160b from its yoghurt products
- Pascall have removed 120 from their pink marshmallows
- Woolworths removed additives 471,472,481,297, and 306 from their bread
- Coles and Woolworths removed preservatives from bread loaves
If you have a problem with a manufacturer adding a harmful additive to a product, please let us know so we can lend our support too.