Polymer compositions of the invention typically comprise a base polymer composition, a polymer cleavage agent, and a stabilizer composition. The preferred base polymer composition comprises an ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer composition. Preferred cleavage agent is an alkaline earth or transition metal salt, preferably an acetate, or a salt of an acid having 8 to 20 carbon atoms. The stabilizer composition comprises an alkylated phenol or bisphenol. Preferred stabilizer composition comprises a tocopherol, preferably alpha tocopherol.