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The Latest on Chemicals in Food

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

 Legislation introduced today by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) - christened the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know” or DARK act by critics - would block any federal or state action to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients.

 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Environmental Working Group (EWG) plans to launch a new food database and mobile app that aims to change the way Americans eat and shop for foods.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

In the ensuing furor other producers of commercial baked goods said they too were abandoning ADA.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

 The long-overdue changes to the Nutrition Facts label announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama would improve Americans’ diets and promote healthier eating, Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The controversial “yoga mat” chemical that Vani Hari, creator of FoodBabe.com, campaigned to remove from Subway sandwich bread has turned up in nearly 500 items and more than 130 brands of bread, stuffing, pre-made sandwiches and snacks, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

If you’ve planked on a yoga mat, slipped on flip-flops, extracted a cell phone from protective padding or lined an attic with foam insulation, chances are you’ve had a brush with an industrial chemical called azodicarbonamide, nicknamed ADA. In the plastics industry, ADA is the “chemical foaming agent” of choice. It is mixed into polymer plastic gel to generate tiny gas bubbles, something like champagne for plastics. The results are materials that are strong, light, spongy and malleable. 

 
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The federal Food and Drug Administration’s call for the livestock industry to voluntarily stop dosing healthy animals with antibiotics is “is long overdue and inadequate”, Heather White, executive director of the Environmental Working Group, said today.  

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Monday, November 25, 2013

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich hasn’t always been a loaded weapon on a lunchroom table.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

A petition carrying more than 125,000 signatures was sent to major food and chemical companies demanding they stay out of the corporate campaigns opposing voter initiatives to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Washington state and around the country, Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign said today.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook today called on the Grocery Manufacturers Association to fully disclose which member companies contributed money to the secretive and potentially illegal contribution scheme under Washington State’s campaign finance laws.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mark Lynas, maybe the most famous apologist for GMO foods ever, this week urged a gathering of food and biotech industry employees to stop battling the growing movement to label foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Companies that donated funds to oppose ballot initiatives to require the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are facing new pressure from shareholders to stay out of future elections.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) helped to protect the safety of food today by stripping a controversial rider that would have given Monsanto and other agrichemical companies a backdoor approval for genetically engineered (GE) crops, Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In its first comprehensive report on antibiotic resistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges what many public health officials have known for years: there is a critical link between antibiotic use in agriculture and antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, Environmental Working Group’s Executive Director Heather White said in a statement.

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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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Monday, July 29, 2013

It’s just common sense: If you’re not sick, your doctor doesn’t prescribe you medicine. Why should the animals we eat be treated any differently?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Alliance for Food and Farming, which is run out of a P.O. box in Watsonville, Calif., claims to extol the health benefits of consuming both conventional and organic produce and maintains that its members include both conventional and organic farmers.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Alliance for Food and Farming, which is run out of a P.O. box in Watsonville, Calif., claims to extol the health benefits of consuming both conventional and organic produce and maintains that its members include both conventional and organic farmers.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Could the Farm Bill be an opportunity to promote better bug killers?

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Apples top the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen™ list of most pesticide-contaminated produce, followed by strawberries, grapes and celery. Other fresh fruits and vegetables on the new Dirty Dozen list, a part of EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ are peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.

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