The fact that we’re eating flame retardants is not, alas, news. But the fact that sports-drinks manufacturers are actually adding them to their products? That’s news enough that one irritated teenager started a petition to get Gatorade to reformulate their beverages. And her petition has caught on, with more than 185,000 signatures.
At issue is a toxic chemical called brominated vegetable oil, which is used as an emulsifier in 10 percent of soft drinks, mostly those with citrus flavors. It’s banned in Europe and Japan. Incidentally, it was delisted by the FDA as an approved additive back in 1970, but reinstated under industry pressure.