Toxic Chemicals Found in Microwave Bag Popcorn

The problem with microwave popcorn
Microwave popcorn companies add dangerous chemicals known as per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to their products. The problem is not the popcorn kernels, but the toxic chemical-lined microwave bag. PFAS chemicals move from the bag to the popcorn that we eat.

CEH tested microwave popcorn from major brands ACT II, Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher’s, Popweaver, Regal Cinemas, and Clover Valley. The results were shocking. All the microwave popcorn brands we tested contained PFAS. PFAS are chemicals that can mimic, block, and disrupt our bodies’ hormones. Children are more exposed to PFAS because they eat popcorn often.
View the testing results

Is there a Solution?
Yes! CEH and Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS) created a video featuring Oakland rapper Mystic and kindergarteners from the Roses in Concrete Community School in East Oakland. The video shows families how to make their own toxic-free microwave popcorn.

Please, only set the microwave for 2 minutes.

Environmental Justice
The video is also part of a larger campaign to convince stores like Dollar Tree and Dollar General to embrace greater corporate responsibility and protect the health of customers and their families. As part of the campaign, CEH focused its testing on bags from Dollar Stores. Dollar Stores – frequented by millions of low-income Americans on tight budgets – do not typically provide popcorn kernels, which are needed for making safer popcorn. 

Watch our “Toxic-Free Popcorn” video and hold dollar stores accountable for selling these products.

What you can do
Take action now and demand that dollar stores protect the health of customers and their families! 

Learn more about toxic microwave popcorn in our infographic (available in English and Spanish)