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Food Containers

 

What you can’t see can hurt you. Chemicals commonly leach out of food packaging and containers into your food. EWG’s tools and research can help you avoid avoidable toxic exposures.

Highlights

FDA to Ban BPA from Infant Formula Read More
EPA, DuPont Agree to Virtually Eliminate Perfluorinated Chemicals by 2015 Read More

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The Latest on Food Containers

Friday, September 27, 2013

McDonald's restaurants finish the job of eliminating polystyrene containers as they switch to paper cups for hot beverages.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In the last decade. Study after study by scientists from around the globe has connected the plastics and food packaging ingredient with more than a dozen serious health problems, including reproductive system abnormalities, cancer, behavioral disorders and diabetes.  A growing list of states and localities across the U.S. has86ed baby bottles and sippy cups containing the substance. 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The top environmental health stories of 2012 were all about everyday hazards that are right in our backyards. They have to do with the unintended consequences of chemical pollution that could harm the health of our families, our neighbors, our towns - our nation.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Less than a year after the state of California banned baby bottles and sippy cups made with the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A, BPA, the federal government has followed suit.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The federal Food and Drug Administration has informed Rep. Edward M. Markey (D-MA) that it is beginning a process that could end the use of the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, in infant formula packaging.

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News Release
Monday, April 16, 2012

An independent scientific panel approved by the DuPont company as part of a class action lawsuit has linked an industrial chemical known as C-8 or PFOA to kidney and testicular cancer in humans.

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News Release
Friday, March 30, 2012

Once again, the federal agency charged with protecting the public from tainted food has ignored a mountain of scientific research and decided to allow a toxic chemical to remain in food packaging. The federal Food and Drug Administration announced today it would not take immediate steps to bar Bisphenol-A, or BPA, a synthetic estrogen and plastics component, in canned food and liquid infant formula containers.

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News Release
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Campbell’s Soup, whose iconic red and white label is found in pantries across the country, says it will stop using the notorious chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in the linings of its cans.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

 

EWG urges EPA to work with FDA to ban all non-medical uses of triclosan, an antibacterial additive and potent hormone disruptor. In a letter to EPA's pesticide division EWG outlines new evidence that the chemical poses an unacceptable health risk to the American public.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, September 27, 2010

EWG comments to EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment question a case study’s failure to clearly present conclusions about the possible effects on people and the environment of nanoscale silver. EWG calls on the agency to conduct thorough health and safety evaluations of novel nanoscale materials prior to market entry.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, July 12, 2010

A substance that leached out of cereal packaging and sickened consumers, spurring Kellogg's recall of 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks and other popular children's cereals, has been identified as a petroleum-based compound that appears to be a breakdown product of chemicals used in the cereal box liners.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Saturday, July 3, 2010

Oakland, Calif. – The chemical industry’s agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to phase out toxic perfluorinated compounds used to grease-proof pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, fast food wrapping and other food packaging does not go far enough to protect public health.

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News Release
Monday, December 7, 2009

Last week we told you about the 232 toxic chemicals we found in umbilical cord blood. This week we tell you how to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals to keep them out of your womb.

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Blog Post
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Not so long ago, many of us were happily - and possibly a little smugly - sipping water from our reusable aluminum water bottles. Until, that is, we learned that Sigg and Gaiam bottles weren't exactly the BPA-free solution we had spent all that money on.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

No one is more pleased to see the hazards of Bisphenol A in the spotlight than Mike Potter, father of six, grandfather of four, and founder and president of Eden Foods.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's almost the end of the school year - perfect time for a little pop quiz to see if you've been paying attention!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

EWG is working hard to pass laws that limit or ban the dangerous chemical BPA. But until they pass, we think you should have the latest info on sources of exposure and our tips to avoid them on your own. Because before the personal becomes political it's, well, still personal.

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Blog Post
Sunday, March 8, 2009

New tests by Health Canada's Bureau of Chemical Safety have found bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic sex hormone and common plastics component, in 85 percent of 72 canned soft drinks sold in Canadian stores. The chemical is believed to have leached into the drinks from the epoxy resin can linings, which contain BPA.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

EWG’s guide to perfluorochemicals gives a quick overview of the issue and the health concerns. Tips are provided on how to avoid these chemicals.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Saturday, October 11, 2008

Breast milk is best, but whether you're feeding breastmilk or formula in a bottle, use EWG's guide to feed your baby safely.  

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Reports & Consumer Guides

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