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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...

EWG study: Eating one freshwater fish equals a month of drinking ‘forever chemicals’ water

A new study by Environmental Working Group scientists finds that consumption of just a single serving of freshwater fish per year could be equal to a month of drinking water laced with the “forever...

Poll: Nearly all Americans say government must ensure chemicals are safe before use in consumer products

Almost all Americans believe the federal government has a duty to ensure chemicals used in making consumer products are safe, and even more say companies aren’t doing enough to keep toxic substances...

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 applauds Biden proposal to expand plant-based options at federal facilities

EWG today applauds the Biden administration for releasing a bold proposal to end hunger by 2030 and help consumers build healthier diets.

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...

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...

FDA tests find U.S. food supply awash in pesticide residues

More than 50 percent of thousands of domestic and imported foods tested by the Food and Drug Administration had detectable levels of at least one pesticide, according to results the agency released...

Study estimates environmental harms of meat consumption, 57,000 packaged foods

A new study by University of Oxford researchers offers a comprehensive look at the potential environmental damage associated with meat production and more than 57,000 multi-ingredient packaged foods...

EWG applauds bill to create new food safety agency

Today Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Food Safety Administration Act of 2022, which would create a new independent federal agency focused on food safety...

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...

FDA: Canned clams contaminated with extremely high levels of common ‘forever chemical’

Extremely highly levels of a common “forever chemical” linked to cancer have been detected in canned clams.

Key Senate committee adopts Hassan amendment to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food packaging

A key Senate committee yesterday approved by a 13 to 9 vote an amendment to ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from food packaging.

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...

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...

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...

NEW: EWG’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Today the Environmental Working Group announced that strawberries, spinach and leafy greens are again the top offenders on its 2022 Dirty Dozen™ – a list of the most pesticide-contaminated fresh...
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