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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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Glyphosate – the active herbicide in the widely used Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow Agrosciences Enlist Duo weedkillers – is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a working group of scientists at the World Health Organization announced today.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Responding to rising concern about manufacturers using unregulated nanomaterials in food, a coalition of advocacy groups in the U.S. and abroad has released a policy recommendation for companies in food-related industries to assist them in avoiding or reducing the risks from nanomaterials in food products and packaging.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Twitter was buzzing this week that Bill Nye the Science Guy – every elementary school’s favorite scientist – has changed his mind about GMOs.
 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, EWG ’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM ranks apples at the top of the Dirty Dozen PlusTM list of non-organic fruits and veggies with high levels of pesticide residues.

 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Apples, peaches, and nectarines topped EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM list of the dirtiest, or most pesticide-contaminated, fruits and vegetables, a new analysis of U.S. government data found.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Environmental Working Group and Mercury Policy Project strongly disagree with a federal scientific panel’s recommendation, made public last week, that federal agencies stop warning pregnant women to limit their consumption of high-mercury albacore tuna.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nestlé USA’s announcement that it will remove artificial colors from its candy products shows that the chocolate maker is listening to consumers who don’t want these additives in their food, Environmental Working Group said today.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chef Tom Colicchio joined Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) today as they reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would give Americans more information about what’s in their food and how it was produce

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Monday, February 9, 2015

A study published last week (Feb. 5) has confirmed once again that a good way to eat fewer pesticides is to choose organically grown fruits and veggies whenever possible.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EWG’s Food Scores shows that 100 percent of stuffing mixes have added sugar in them. Not only that, but nearly half of them have ingredients I’d rather avoid because they raise potentially “higher” concerns for health, including links to cancer, and about a quarter have ingredients that raise “moderate” concerns.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t want to eat mystery chemicals. And you’d like to eat food, not food-ish stuff full of synthetics. But which food chemicals are most important to avoid?  EWG’s Dirty Dozen List of Food Additives is here to help.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Food should be good for you. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t. When we think of unhealthy food, what usually come to mind are fat, salt and sugar. But there are other things to be wary of. High on that list are food additives, which are found in almost all packaged and processed foods but are poorly regulated.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Environmental Working Group today published a new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives designed to help people figure out which additives to avoid and why.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

EWG scientists have concluded that consumers should shop vigilantly, choosing foods selectively to lower their chances of consuming excessive arsenic. That’s why EWG’s Food Score flags arsenic as a “concern” in rice-based products.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

EWG and 18,444 EWG supporters ask the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee to improve new draft advice on seafood consumption during pregnancy and childhood. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, November 3, 2014

Food policy decisions pending before Congress and the Obama administration could set the table for decades of better eating – or more leftovers.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

So should consumers choose low-calorie sweeteners or should they opt for sugar?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food industry lobbyists are none too pleased with EWG’s new scoring system for foods

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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