Thursday, September 6, 2012


Yesterday I got the weirdest e-mail.

As a subscriber to, the online public lobbying site, I received notification about a new petition. In this e-mail, a mother described how loopholes in Food & Drug Administration guidelines allow manufacturers to use poisonous chemicals called phthalates to make lunchboxes, even though they are not permitted in toys. She was apparently so "horrified to learn that lunchboxes emblazoned with Cinderella and Spiderman could actually make her kids sick" that she decided to start an online petition.

Did she call for an FDA amendment to include lunchboxes in the phthalates ban? No. Did she call for an outright ban on the use of phthalates? No.

She wants Disney to "stop allowing its characters to be printed on toxic lunchboxes".