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In response to EWG complaint, USDA investigation confirms glyphosate contamination of organic chickpeas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a complaint by the Environmental Working Group, is confirming that a popular brand of organic chickpeas was contaminated with the cancer-causing...

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...

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...

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.

Organic sales soar in 2020 to over $61 billion

Sales of organic food and other organic products in the U.S. surged to nearly $62 billion in 2020 – up more than 12 percent from the year before, according to a new survey by the Organic Trade...

Study: Additive found in Skittles and Starburst no longer considered safe

An additive used in Skittles, Starburst, Hostess’ Donettes and thousands of other foods should no longer be considered safe for human consumption, according to a new study from the European Union’s...

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.

Study: Preservative Used in Pop-Tarts and Hundreds of Popular Foods May Harm the Immune System

A food preservative used to prolong the shelf life of Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats, Cheez-Its and almost 1,250 other popular processed foods may harm the immune system, according to a new peer...

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group's 2021 Dirty Dozen™ list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers...

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2020 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group's 2020 Dirty Dozen™. Yet the dirtiest...

Brain-Damaging Pesticide No Longer Sold in California

Farms in California can no longer buy a neurotoxic pesticide that can damage children's brains and nervous systems. As of today, chlorpyrifos is banned for sale in the state that grows most of the...

EWG Applauds Kellogg's for Pledge To End Pre-Harvest Use of Weedkiller Glyphosate

Kellogg's will take steps to phase out the use of the herbicide glyphosate to dry oats and wheat before harvest, eliminating use of the potentially harmful chemical in the main ingredients of many of...

Trump Administration to Allow More Pizza and Fries, Fewer Fruits and Vegetables in School Menus

The Trump administration has proposed significant changes to menus at the nation's public schools that would allow more pizza, fries and burgers, and fewer fruits and vegetables for students to choose...

EPA’s Wheeler Keeps Brain-Damaging Pesticide Legal for Use on Foods Kids Eat

Farmers can keep spraying fruits and vegetables with a pesticide shown to harm a child's brain even at low levels of exposure, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency said today.

EWG Calls on CDC To Monitor US Population for Monsanto’s Weedkiller Glyphosate

Glyphosate, the most heavily used pesticide in the U.S., should be added to the list of toxic chemicals the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regularly measures in the bodies of the...

Trump FDA: Eating Foods with Toxic PFAS Chemicals ‘Not a Concern’

The two top officials with the Food and Drug Administration today dismissed test results by the agency's own scientists that found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in food.

Bill To Ban PFAS Chemicals From Food Packaging Would Eliminate Major Source of Exposure

A bill introduced today in Congress would ban the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS from use in a primary source of exposure to the compounds.

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