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EWG statement on proposed creation of a FDA deputy commissioner for human foods

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf today proposed the creation of a deputy commissioner for human foods.

EWG welcomes new FDA standards for toxic metals in baby foods

The following is a statement of Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president of government affairs, on the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement today of new standards...

California lawmaker introduces bill to eliminate lead from school drinking water

California Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at removing all lead from drinking and cooking water used in schools, which would help protect young children...

Thousands of sippy cups and bottles recalled due to lead poisoning hazard

On November 23, the baby product company Green Sprouts issued a voluntary recall of more than 10,000 stainless steel bottles and sippy cups because of lead poisoning concerns.

New tests find toxic “forever chemicals” in pet food bags and baby textiles

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have been found in pet food packaging and textile products made for babies and toddlers, according to new Environmental Working Group test results.

California Children’s Environmental Health Month shows risks of pesticides, lead

California’s proclamation of October as Children’s Environmental Health Month highlights the need to protect children from exposure to pesticides and hazardous chemicals like lead, which can result in...

EWG statement on the FDA’s internal review of actions related to the infant formula crisis

The following is a statement from Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, on the findings of an internal review requested by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr...

Beloved children’s fruit snacks test positive for pesticides

Pesticides are found at detectable levels in dozens of fruit leather strips and dried fruit, two of the most popular children’s snacks, according to the results of new Environmental Working Group...

Study: Communities of color at greatest risk of pesticide exposure in Ventura County, Calif.

In California’s Ventura County, increased agricultural pesticide use and related toxicity risks for humans occur the most in areas with more people of color and limited resources, according to a new...

California lawmakers approve bills to improve prevention of lead poisoning

Two bills that take important steps toward the prevention of lead poisoning have cleared California's legislature and now move to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign them into law.

California proclaims October Children’s Environmental Health Month

On Thursday, the California state legislature formally proclaimed October 2022 Children’s Environmental Health Month. The proclamation is intended to raise awareness about the importance of protecting...

Leading industry consumer health expert joins EWG to head Healthy Living Science team

Homer Swei, Ph.D., a leading private sector research and development expert who most recently led Johnson & Johnson’s product stewardship program, has joined EWG as Senior Vice President of the...

Edgewell recalls Banana Boat spray sunscreens after detecting cancer-causing benzene

On Sunday, the Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall of three batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in one of its popular sprays.

Trump EPA ignored own guidelines by dismissing cancer risks for widely used pesticide, Inspector General finds

During the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency officials downgraded the agency’s long-held position that a widely used pesticide could give people cancer, the EPA’s internal watchdog...

CDC finds toxic weedkiller in 87 percent of children tested

About 87 percent of 650 children tested had detectable levels of the ubiquitous and toxic herbicide glyphosate in their urine, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and...

EWG applauds House bill to ramp up FDA scrutiny of infant formula manufacturers

The Environmental Working Group applauds much-needed legislation introduced today to increase the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of infant formula safety and supply, after the crisis that...

California Assembly and Senate approve bills to improve prevention of lead poisoning

The California Assembly and Senate today approved two bills that would take important steps toward the prevention of lead poisoning.

EWG statement on FDA response to phthalates food petition

The Food and Drug Administration is denying a 2016 petition from environmental and consumer advocacy groups asking it to revoke approval of harmful phthalate chemicals in food packaging and food...

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or...

EPA to suspend all uses of widely used weedkiller over risks to fetus, thyroid function

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to suspend all future uses of a toxic weedkiller that scientific research has shown to cause harm to the developing fetus and problems associated with...
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