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Dunkin’ Donuts to Remove Nanomaterials from Powdered Donuts

As You Sow Withdraws Shareholder Proposal on Nanomaterials Use Following Dunkin’s Commitment

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of the Dunkin’ Donuts chain, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is commonly a source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company’s donuts. As a result of this progress, the advocacy group As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal asking Dunkin’ to assess and reduce the risks of using nanomaterials in its food products.

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In 2013, As You Sow commissioned independent laboratory tests of Dunkin’s white powdered donuts, finding they contained titanium dioxide nanomaterials. Nanomaterials – substances engineered to have extremely small dimensions – offer new food industry applications. However, the small size of nanomaterials may also result in greater toxicity for human health and the environment. Insufficient safety information exists regarding these manufactured particles, especially for use in foods; preliminary studies show that nanomaterials can cause DNA and chromosomal damage, organ damage, inflammation, brain damage, and genital malformations, among other harms.

As You Sow has engaged Dunkin' Donuts on issues related to consumer packaging and nanomaterials. Read more about our engagements with Dunkin' below.

Consumer Packaging 2016

STATUS: Withdrawn; Company will address

BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Dunkin’ Brands request the board of directors to prepare a report on the feasibility of developing a comprehensive recycling policy for on-site food and beverage packaging to conserve resources, and reduce water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2016. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information.

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Nanomaterials 2015

STATUS: Withdrawn; Company will address

BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board publish, by November 1, 2015, at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, a report on Dunkin’s use of nanomaterials in the company’s food products or packaging. The report should identify products or packaging that currently contain nanomaterials; the purpose of such use; and actions management is taking to reduce or eliminate risk, such as eliminating or disclosing the use of nanomaterials until they are proven safe through long-term testing.

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Nanomaterials 2014

STATUS: 18.7%

Shareholders request the Board publish by November 1, 2014, at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, a report on Dunkin’s policies regarding public health concerns of nanomaterials in the company's products or packaging. This report should identify products or packaging that currently contains nanomaterials, and discuss any actions, aside from regulatory compliance, management is taking to reduce or eliminate risk associated with human health and environmental impacts, such as eliminating, or disclosing, the use of nanomaterials until they are proven safe through long-term testing.

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Consumer Packaging 2013

STATUS: dialogue

As You Sow has engaged in dialogue with Dunkin' Donuts about reducing consumer packaging waste.

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Related 2013 Engagements

Nanomaterials 2013

STATUS: dialogue

As You Sow has engaged in dialogue with Dunkin' Donuts regarding their use of Titanium Dixoxide Nanoparticles in their powdered donuts

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