Articles by Iris Myers

Interactive map: Tracking food chemical regulation in the U.S.

Thousands of chemicals are allowed for use in food sold in this country. And while most of these are likely safe to eat, some have been linked to serious health harms.

Why does EWG release its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ each year?

With its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, released almost every year since 2004, EWG’s goal is to educate the public about pesticides on popular fruits and vegetables, so consumers can make...

What is sodium benzoate?

Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in fruit juices, fermented foods, sauces and some pancake syrups.

Heartbreaking: Harmful food dyes in Valentine’s Day candy

Heart-shaped candies, the ubiquitous Valentine’s Day sweet treats, may contain potentially problematic food dyes – likely at levels that are harmful to health.

Companies fight to keep consumers in the dark about chemicals in cleaners

During the cold winter months you may spend more time inside than out. And you may do more cleaning, especially because it’s also the flu and COVID season. But before you reach for that spray cleaner...

Snow joke: Food additives stocked in festive candies

Regardless of the seasonal holidays you celebrate, one winter symbol is ubiquitous across the United States: the snowman. So it’s no surprise you can find snowman-themed products, from plush toys to...

Mixing up healthier holiday cocktails

Holiday party season is upon us, which means savory appetizers, festive desserts and seasonal cocktails and mocktails.

EWG’s 2023 gift guide

Choosing a gift for someone is challenging enough without the added worry of whether the item is full of potentially harmful chemicals.

EWG petitions FDA to ban two toxic additives in popular Halloween candy

Halloween is here and consumers are buying up massive quantities of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters – or to eat themselves.

What is titanium dioxide?

Titanium dioxide is a food additive that can be found in over 3,000 different products in EWG’s Food Scores database.

Sticky situation: Harmful food chemicals in chewing gum

Chewing gum has long been popular among people of all ages. It’s a convenient way to freshen your breath, curb cravings and relieve stress. But before you reach for that stick of gum, you may want to...

What are phthalates?

As you start your day, phthalates have joined your morning rituals. Your first dose happens the moment you pull back your plastic shower curtain and then lather up with shampoo and soap. You’re...

Sidestep harmful chemicals when using powdered mixes for summer sweet treats

Summer is a perfect time for sweet treats, from serving punch at a cookout to planning a patriotic jello dessert for July 4 – and it’s also a reminder to watch out for chemicals in the powdered mixes...

Yet another pollinator, the monarch butterfly, is being threatened by toxic pesticides

The Eastern migratory monarch, the pretty orange and black butterfly that migrates through your garden come springtime and helps pollinate your flowers, is a welcome sight. But it’s facing serious...

Something to scream about: Harmful chemicals in ice cream and popsicles

Summer is fast approaching, and this time of year no duo is more iconic than hot, sunny weather and frozen, creamy desserts or tart, icy popsicles. But many people don’t realize that a sugar rush or a...

The system works: How a new law could end Big Oil’s gas price gouging in California

At the end of March, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law passed by leaders in the state legislature that aims to end Big Oil’s rampant gas price gouging at the pump.

Roses are red, candy is sweet, avoid these additives in your Valentine’s Day treat

Chocolates and heart-shaped pastilles with cutesy phrases like “QT Pie” are sweet. What isn’t sweet are the potentially harmful food chemicals that may be hiding in your Valentine’s Day candies. This...

This holiday treat can harm your health

Shiny, red-and-white-striped peppermint candy is usually associated with brisk winter days, snow and Christmas – not harm to your DNA. But that’s exactly what can result from exposure to titanium...

EWG’s 2022 gift guide

Choosing a gift for someone is challenging enough without the added worry of whether the item you’re buying is full of potentially harmful chemicals.

To dye for: Chemical that makes sweet treats look irresistible linked to health risks

Synthetic food dyes that have been used for over a century to make snack cakes like Entenmann’s Little Bites Party Cake, and candies like Laffy Taffy and Brach’s Candy Corn, look brighter and more...