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Chemicals in Food

 

Foods can contain many harmful substances, including pesticides, unhealthy additives or contaminants. EWG is working to reduce the threat of toxic chemicals in food.

Monday, August 21, 2017

We’d like to thank Rob Fraley, chief technology official at Monsanto, who’s largely responsible for introducing genetically modified foods to the U.S. and Big Ag’s surge in pesticide use that ensued.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly added to processed foods, waterproof clothing and other everyday products may cause obesity.
 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Today, consumer, health, and food safety groups challenged a Food and Drug Administration rule that undermines the integrity of our food safety system.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration denied a petition today by public interest groups, including EWG, to ban the use in dry food packaging of perchlorate, a toxic chemical that is also an ingredient in rocket fuel.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Legislation introduced today would make California the first state to ban perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, from fast food wrappers and takeout containers.
 

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News Release
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list of the EWG Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon.
 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

A bit of good news for seafood lovers: Scientists at Stony Brook University recently reported a notable drop in mercury concentrations in bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine over the past decade.
 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Back to school means books, studying and recess – to kids. For many parents, this time of year means packing lunches.
 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

EWG Legislative Attorney Melanie Benesh issued the following statement today in response to the federal Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Friday that it finalized its rule governing voluntary notifications to the agency when new substances are added to food.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

On Aug. 3, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Food Quality Protection Act, a landmark law that required the EPA to show that all exposures to pesticides in food were safe for infants and children. In the 20 years since its passage, the EPA has banned or reduced the use of many of the most harmful pesticides, and federal testing confirms that amounts of pesticide residue in baby food have dramatically decreased.
 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Children with high levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their bodies were more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than those with lower levels of the chemical, according to a study published June 6 in the journal Environmental Research.

 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Exposure to BPA has been linked to cancer, infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and other serious disorders.

 
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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Americans are willing to pay more to buy organic foods. That’s the conclusion from a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A team of scientists at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. has discovered the first instance of a person living in the U.S. infected with a feared antibiotic-resistant microbe, according to a research report published Thursday (May 26) in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.   

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and picnic season is in full bloom. That means lots of people are fixing fruit salads, readying the spinach dip and putting together sandwiches full of cold cuts. Grilling, too, is in order.

 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The nutritional and environmental benefits of organic agriculture are two of the main reasons that shoppers seek out organic foods and other products. But did you know organic is also good for the local economy?

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

A healthy diet begins with lots of fruits and vegetables, but some of your family’s favorites may contain startling amounts of harmful pesticides.

 

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Friday, May 6, 2016

This week, Grist offered its opinion about the biggest debates in food policy. But many of the biggest kitchen-table issues weren’t on the list, including climate change, farm pollution, food safety, animal welfare, and the fate of food and farm workers.

 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Nothing sets off the chemical agriculture industry like questioning its heavy dependence on toxic pesticides. Every year, when EWG releases our Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, the Alliance for Food and Farming, or AFF, goes on the attack. The AFF is a front group for the major conventional fruit and vegetable growers that produce the crops consistently on EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of foods that have the most pesticide residues.

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