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California State Legislature approves bill with nation’s strictest limit on lead leaching from faucets

On Tuesday, California’s State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 100, which would enact the strictest lead-leaching limit for drinking water faucets in the nation.

California lawmakers approve bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging and straws

Today, the California State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 1200, which would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and...

EWG: USDA food stamp benefit increase boosts healthy diet for millions

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the Department of Agriculture for increasing the standard food stamp benefit provided to more than 40 million Americans who depend on the program.

California protects kids with lead testing for child care drinking water

California regulators today launched their most health-protective program to test drinking water for lead in licensed child care facilities, issuing new guidelines that also require significant...

Study: Wireless radiation exposure for children should be hundreds of times lower than current federal limits

A peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group recommends stringent health-based exposure standards for radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices for both children and adults...

Johnson & Johnson detects cancer-causing benzene in some spray sunscreens

On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson announced it is voluntarily recalling 14 sunscreen products from five different products lines after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in some popular sunscreen...

Amazon highlights EWG VERIFIED™ products in Climate Pledge Friendly

The Environmental Working Group today is joining Amazon’s effort to fight the climate crisis by highlighting more sustainable products. The retailer is teaming up with EWG to feature cosmetics and...

FDA announces voluntary recall of infant rice cereal after tests find high arsenic levels

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary recall of Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Cereal after the State of Alaska discovered samples that contained inorganic arsenic levels...

Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide banned in more than 100 countries

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia this week rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

DeLauro bill directs FDA to narrow food chemical loopholes

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation today to direct the Food and Drug Administration to narrow loopholes that have allowed chemical companies to decide whether food chemicals are safe...

Maryland consumer protection bill becomes law

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applaud enactment of Maryland House Bill 643 (HB 643), which prohibits the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and...

Toxic food chemicals highlighted in FDA budget request

The Biden administration’s budget request for the Food and Drug Administration makes toxic chemicals in food a priority.

Only 25 percent of sunscreens offer adequate protection, no worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 15th annual Guide to Sunscreens. This year, EWG researchers rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,800 products that advertise sun protection –...

EWG and Center for Biological Diversity hail Florida’s decision to ban highly toxic pesticide on citrus crops

The highly toxic pesticide aldicarb can no longer be used on citrus crops in Florida after the state denied an application by AgLogic Chemical LLC today, citing “an unacceptable risk to human, animal...

Calif. health agency finds synthetic food dyes associated with ADHD, neurobehavioral problems in kids

Children who consume synthetic food dyes are more susceptible to hyperactivity and behavioral problems, according to a new report by the top California environmental health agency.

Calif. bill would ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from food packaging

State legislation that would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS from plant-based food packaging passed out of the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on...

EWG urges FDA to quickly set limits on toxic metals in baby food

The Environmental Working Group today urged the Food and Drug Administration to quickly follow through on its plan to set mandatory limits on levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food.

Calif. bill would ban ‘forever chemicals’ in products for children

State legislation that would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from a wide range of children’s products passed out of the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials...

Study Shows Mounting Evidence of Plasticizer Chemicals’ Harm to the Fetus

Prenatal exposure to the widely used plasticizer chemicals called phthalates can lead to learning, attention and behavioral disorders in children, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in...

EWG Calls on EPA To Ban Use of Brain-Damaging Pesticide

The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos should be banned for use immediately by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Working Group wrote in a public comment letter [link to letter] to...

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