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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency and public involvement in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, EWG and 11 other organizations sent a letter to Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, this week asking for the publ

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, January 6, 2014

EWG’s New Year’s resolution for cosmetic manufacturers:  shed bad actor ingredients that disrupt the hormone system, cause allergies and may accelerate skin cancer.

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EnviroBlog
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The federal Food and Drug administration has announced proposed rules that could drive unnecessary and potentially dangerous products from the market -- antibacterial hand soaps like those marketed by Dial, Softsoap and CVS.

This is a big deal.

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EnviroBlog
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How did I spend my summer?  I hung around department store makeup aisles, looking for the much talked about “miracle” makeup, BB and CC creams. You should have seen the looks I got as I dabbed the testers on my arm – mind you, I’m a 40-year-old man wearing cargo shorts and a ratty T-shirt.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 A new analysis by Environmental Working Group of 100 BB (beauty balm) and CC (color corrector or complexion corrector) creams concludes that they may expose users to fewer toxic chemicals than the moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen they are designed to replace.

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News Release
Friday, November 22, 2013

If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  If it’s a claim made by a company trying to sell you a wrinkle cream, the federal Food and Drug Administration probably isn’t checking it out. The FDA routinely requires drugs to be tested before they are sold to consumers to ensure that they perform as promised and are safe.  EWG has long sounded the alarm that the FDA does not subject cosmetics to similar premarket reviews for efficacy and safety. After you’ve read a few ads for anti-aging creams, you might be asking yourself, are these supposed miracle creams cosmetics or drugs?  When do regulators insist on testing?  Is there sufficient FDA oversight for anti-aging products?  The answer may give you worry lines.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep App is here!  EWG’s popular online consumer guide to more than 78,000 personal care products is now available as an App for the iPhone and Android.

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News Release
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Belgium recently adopted new cell phone regulations that bar mobile phone models designed for, and marketed to children ages 7 and younger.  Under Belgium’s new rules, slated to take effect next March, cell phone retailers will be required to disclose phones’ maximum emission levels, known as specific absorption rates, or SAR, at the point of sale.  Belgium becomes the latest in a rapidly lengthening list of nations to attempt to shield children from too much cell phone radiation and to inform everyone about the risks of exposure to these emissions. At least a dozen other nations have taken steps to protect children from cell phone radiation.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In recent years, a series of studies have shown that a consumer’s choice of wireless carrier may be more important than the cell phone itself in determining how much radiation will reach the user, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.

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News Release
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A series of studies quietly published over the last five years show that cell phone network technologies affect radiation exposure as much as the phone design itself.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

People will go to great lengths to be “beautiful,” and cosmetics companies know it.   It was not until 1938 that Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which gave the FDA power to act against dangerous cosmetics through the Department of Justice and federal court system. But the agency’s ability to address unsavory beauty products was limited.  In 2004, EWG launched the Skin Deep cosmetics database, an online resource where EWG scientists have researched ingredients in popular cosmetics and personal care products.  It aimed to fill in where industry and government left off. Today, Skin Deep lists more than 78,000 items.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.  Here are 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them.

 

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, October 10, 2013

At EWG, we know how much you care about the safety of personal care products.  Over the next several weeks we will delve deeper into some of the crucial issues  surrounding these products. EWG's investigative series, "Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-Up," will take on a wide range of topics that should be on the minds of everyone who uses a personal care product.  As  EWG has long known — and as leading medical specialists recently underscored -- many cosmetics and personal care products contain potentially toxic ingredients. Major cosmetics companies have not publicly committed themselves  to removing harmful ingredients.  We'll  look at  deceptive claims made by some popular anti-aging products. And we'll help you sort out cosmetics safety facts from myths.

 
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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, October 3, 2013

“Skin Perfector.”  “Balance, brighten, renew and protect.” “Anti-aging.” 

The ads sound too good to be true.  BB (stands for beauty balm) and CC (stands for color corrector or complexion corrector) creams claim to be all-in-one moisturizer, concealer, foundation and sometimes sunscreen.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, October 3, 2013

What’s worth denying even a single child with cancer available and potentially life-saving treatment? Nothing – in my book.  By shuttering the federal government, the Tea Party wing of the House of Representatives has done exactly this

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EnviroBlog
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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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EnviroBlog
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Michael Bradley of Tunnel Hill, Georgia has spent the past 17 months in and out of surgery  fighting peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare and usually fatal abdominal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.  He has lost 150 pounds and must wear a colostomy bag.  Chemotherapy has failed. He has no health insurance. He is now undergoing experimental treatment and hoping for a miracle.

He is 29 years old.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Yesterday marked a major victory for American consumers as mega-retailer Walmart announced a Sustainable Chemistry initiative that takes an important step toward protecting the health and wellness its customers.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Studies show that labeling genetically engineered foods won't result in big changes in consumers' buying choices at the store, but they say overwhelmingly that they want the information.

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AgMag
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today’s announcement by mega-retailer Walmart that it will require suppliers to limit or eliminate some chemicals from products it sells shows that consumer awareness of toxic exposure risks is driving changes in the market even in the face of government inaction and delay, according to Environmental Working Group.

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