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

The Environmental Working Group is urging Congressional leaders to quickly set mandatory limits on levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food, after a new House oversight panel report highlighted food...

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...

EWG applauds introduction of Superfund ‘polluter pays’ bill

Polluters, not taxpayers, would be on the hook to pay the exorbitant cleanup costs for the most contaminated sites in the country if legislation proposed today becomes law.

Congressional Investigation: Popular Baby Foods Contain High Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury

Several brands of widely sold baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, according to a new investigation by a House subcommittee...

EWG: A Novel Method for Assessing Combined Risk of Multiple Tap Water Pollutants

The array of toxic pollutants in California drinking water could cause more than 15,000 cases of cancer, according to a peer-reviewed EWG study that is the first ever to assess the cumulative risk...

Scott Pruitt Axed EPA Center That Helps Protect Babies from Arsenic, Pesticides

In Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's latest blow to children's health, the agency is shutting down a vital office that provides funding to scientists studying the impacts of toxic...

EWG Applauds Rep. DeLauro’s Bill to Protect Americans from Arsenic in Rice

EWG applauds Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., for her commitment to protect public health from the worrisome amounts of inorganic arsenic in rice and popular rice-based processed foods.

EWG's “Dirty Dozen” list of hormone-disrupting chemicals

EWG and the Keep A Breast Foundation today released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG parntered with...

Reducing Arsenic in Your Diet

Two reports out today from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Reports magazine showing that a number of popular rice-based foods are contaminated with arsenic, a known human...

Human Carcinogen Found in Drinking Water Near Gas Drilling Ops

The federal Environmental Protection Agency's detection of arsenic, a known human carcinogen, barium and other contaminants in the well water of homes near natural gas drilling operations in Dimock...

EPA poised to send known carcinogen back to the public

On January 19, EPA will decide whether or not to allow unrestricted use of the potent human carcinogen chromium-6 in a wood preservative known as ACC (acid copper chromate), for lumber sold at the...

House Set To Nullify State Consumer Safety Programs Under Pressure From Corporate Food Lobby

The House votes today on a bill pitting giant food companies against the health and safety of American families—a measure that could nullify state laws warning consumers about mercury in fish, lead in...

Government Official Warns of Arsenic Wood Cancer Risk

Commissioner Thomas Moore of the federal government's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shares Environmental Working Group's (EWG) concern that children playing on decks, play sets and other...

EPA Reverses Course: Arsenic-Treated Playground Equipment Poses Unacceptable Lifetime Cancer Risk to Children

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the most comprehensive study to date of the health risks of arsenic-treated wood, which has been used for decades to build decks, playsets...

Environmental Working Group calls for Immediate Recall of Arsenic-Treated Playsets and Reimbursement for Consumers

The Environmental Working Group today asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban the use of arsenic-treated wood in outdoor play structures and to order consumer refunds for millions...

Nationwide Consumer Testing of Backyard Decks and Playsets Shows High Levels of Arsenic on Old Wood

Results from the largest–ever testing program for arsenic–treated wood, released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), show that the public remains at risk from high levels of arsenic...

EWG Statement on the Phase-Out of CCA

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for standing up to the chemical and wood treatment industries by forcing the phase-out of arsenic...

News Release

Nationwide sampling in 13 metropolitan areas found harmful levels of cancer-causing arsenic on the surface of "pressure-treated" wood purchased at Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse...
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