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Thursday, August 30, 2018

FW: What gloves are being used in your school cafeteria?

Welcome back school food service directors!

Please see the forwarded message below from the Ecology Center regarding information they are gathering about vinyl food preparation gloves. Please be in touch with Lauren Olson from the Ecology Center directly with any questions – you can find her contact information below.




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist | Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Rd | Rm 302B Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517.432.0310 |



From: Lauren Olson <>


Food Service Directors- we need your help!


We're a coalition of health advocates working to get the food industry to keep toxic phthalates (THAL-eights) out of food. Phthalates are toxic chemicals used to soften some plastics, and they easily leach into food during processing and packaging.


One potential source of phthalates in our food is from vinyl food preparation gloves. Will you help us gather info about whether any U.S. schools are using gloves that contain these toxic chemicals to prepare children's food? Fill out our survey with the disposable gloves you use in your school cafeteria and a photo of the box of gloves if you can. If you want to send us a glove to test for phthalates the information is on this form. 


Once we have the results of our glove testing, we'll be sure to send you a link to the test results at the email address you provide.


For more information about our campaign, please visit


Thanks for your help,


Lauren Olson | Science Campaign Director
Ecology Center and Healthy Stuff

339 E. Liberty St., Suite 300 | Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-369-9274

Healthy people and a healthy planet starts with YOU:

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