EWG News Roundup (3/27): 2020 Dirty Dozen™, Keeping a Healthy Home During Coronavirus and More

This week, EWG released the 2020 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, and this year the food with the highest number of pesticides residues wasn’t a fresh fruit or vegetable – it was raisins.

“If we included raisins in our calculations, they would be number one on the Dirty Dozen™,” said EWG Toxicologist Thomas Galligan, Ph.D. “Although raisins are a popular snack, consumers concerned about their pesticide consumption may want to consider buying fresh or frozen produce from our Clean Fifteen™ list instead.”

In response to the perennial criticism of the Shopper’s Guide levied by the produce industry, EWG sent an open letter to industry leaders calling on them to step up their efforts to protect both consumers and farm workers from deadly foodborne pathogens and toxic pesticides.

Also, as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the nation, EWG offered tips for safer cleaning products and healthier indoor air quality to help people protect themselves and their families.

The COVID-19 federal stimulus package consumed Congress this week. EWG argued that without support for the renewable energy sector, clean energy growth could stall. And when the dust settled on $2.2 trillion package that left out support for wind and solar, we urged lawmakers to include essential funding for renewables in subsequent packages.

EWG uncovered new Freedom of Information Act data that shows drinking water in 28 military bases are potentially tainted with toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, at levels that exceed the standards set or proposed by a number of states.

Earlier this week, EWG board member Michelle Pfeiffer applauded Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for taking the first serious action toward updating the woefully outdated law governing the cosmetics industry. 

And finally, EWG was proud to announce that Erica Reid, a nationally recognized leader in the healthy lifestyle sector, has joined EWG’s board of directors.

Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

Children’s Health

Parents: What Parents Need to Know About Blue-Green Algae Poisoning

Your local lake might post warning signs about algae blooms, and you should always pay attention to them. Some organizations also monitor algal conditions online. For example, check out this interactive map from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Parents: How to Tame Your Kid's Sweet Tooth in 30 Days

Cold cereals pack 9 grams of added sugar per serving on average—and ones marketed to families generally pack even more, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

2020 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Forbes: Here’s Why You Should Only Buy Organic Strawberries, Spinach And Kale

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a U.S. based advocacy and research group, released its 2020 Dirty Dozen list this week, an annual shopper’s guide for fresh produce evaluating which fruits and vegetables are most contaminated by pesticides, and therefore potentially carcinogenic.

MarketWatch: Here are the ‘dirty dozen’ fruit and vegetables laced with legal pesticides — even organics have traces

The analysis comes from the Environmental Working Group. Each year since 2004 it has ranked its Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists and combines them as a shopper’s guide for consumers. The “dirtiest” of all is not a fresh fruit or vegetable, but a dried one — raisins. Reprinted by MorningStarNamex NewsOrganic Consumers AssociationHerald Writeup

Better Homes & Gardens: These 12 Foods Are Most Likely to Carry Pesticide Residue, Even After You Wash Them

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2020 Dirty Dozen list, which shows the fruits and veggies most contaminated with residues from pesticides according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Good Housekeeping: What Are the Dirty Dozen Foods? Take a Look at the Full 2020 List

Each spring, the Environmental Working Group (also known as the EWG) publishes a list of fruits and vegetables that experts at the nonprofit say contain elevated levels of pesticides that may be concerning. Reprinted by Yahoo!

Agri Pulse: Daybreak March 26: Will Phase 3 be enough?

Strawberries lead the Environmental Working Group’s latest Dirty Dozen list examining USDA and FDA data on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables.

Delish: These Are The Fruits And Vegetables Loaded With The Most Pesticides, According To The Annual 'Dirty Dozen' List

The Environmental Working Group released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list this week, which is a list of the fresh fruits and vegetables that have be found to be treated with the most pesticides. Reprinted by MSN

Dr. Axe: Dirty Dozen List: Are You Eating the Most Pesticide-Laden Produce?

Environmental Working group analyzed USDA pesticide residue data and found that almost 70 percent of non-organic produce sampled tested positive for pesticide contamination.

Fair Warning: Pesticides and Produce: Environmental Group Lists Cleanest and Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

Nearly all conventionally-grown raisins are contaminated by traces of two or more pesticides, according to test data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited in Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, the report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington, D.C. Reprinted by IowaWatch

MindBodyGreen: 2020's Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists Are Out — Here's What You Should Know

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes data from the USDA to determine which fruits and vegetables in the U.S. have the most pesticides and which have the least.

NewsMax Health: Boost Your Immune System With These Healthy Foods

But according to research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), nearly 70% of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains potentially harmful chemical pesticides.

New York Post: Raisins are ‘dirty’ and full of pesticides, scientists say

Shoppers would be hard-pressed to find a way to avoid pesticides on their fresh fruits and vegetables since nearly 70% of all produce sold in the U.S. contains pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which just released its annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Organic Authority: EWG Releases Its New Dirty Dozen with Surprising Results

The Environmental Working Group has released its latest Dirty Dozen. The list, which EWG has been compiling annually since 2004, highlights the most contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables on the American market based on testing carried out by the USDA and FDA.

Real Simple: The 2020 Dirty Dozen List Is Here—These Are the Fruits and Vegetables You Might Want to Consider Buying Organic

According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), these foods are the most likely to be contaminated with synthetic pesticide residue—and nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of these chemicals. Reprinted by Yahoo!

Tree Hugger: Eat your fruits and vegetables: New Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list released

In this year’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that once again strawberries were the fresh produce item most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.

Well+Good: This Surprising Pantry Food has Even More Pesticide Residue Than Strawberries

Because it can be expensive to buy everything organic, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases an annual ranking of the produce items with the highest amount of pesticide residue (known as the Dirty Dozen) and the produce items with the least (aka the Clean 15).

Open Letter to Food Industry

Politico: Stimulus inbound: What’s in it for ag?

The Environmental Working Group is asking the produce industry to offer better protections for ag laborers exposed to certain pesticides amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reprinted by Fresh Plaza

New Food Magazine: EWG calls for measures to prevent foodborne illnesses and pesticide exposure

The Environmental Working Group has sent an open letter to members of the board of directors of the agribusiness front group Alliance for Food and Farming.

Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019

Glossy: Cosmetics reform bill passes first vote in legislative process

Along with Renfrew, a panel of experts from the FDA, Environmental Working Group and others provided witness testimony about the health impact cosmetic ingredients can have on consumers.

Trump Administration Farm Bailouts

Western Farmer-Stockman: Digging into 2020 election topics

The Environmental Working Group’s subsidy analysis shows that those payments favored larger producers, says Sarah Graddy, EWG communications director. Reprinted by Ag News Feed

Cleaning Products

Women’s Health: Are Natural Disinfectants Effective? Experts Debunk Common Cleaning Myths

"Only disinfectants or sanitizers registered with the Environmental Protection Agency can legally make sanitizing or disinfecting claims," says Samara Geller, a senior research and database analyst for the Environmental Working Group (EWG). "Those products will bear an EPA registration number on the label."

The Active Times: Air Fresheners May Cause Health Risks: Here’s What to Use Instead

“You want to be wary of this category especially due to respiratory health concerns,” Samara Geller, senior research and database analyst for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said.

Green Matters: Please Don't Flush Your Clorox Wipes, No Matter How Bad COVID-19 Gets

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) rated Clorox wipes a D (on a scale of A/verified to F) for containing ingredients known to cause respiratory and developmental concerns — so there is a chance using them frequently could worsen a COVID-19 patient's respiratory symptoms.

Macomb Daily (Mich.): Macomb County facilities receiving 'deep cleaning' to nix COVID-19

Thymol also is among less-toxic cleaning chemicals recommended by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization.


Women’s Health: The 20 Best Natural Makeup Brands, According To Beauty Editors

Another great resource: the Environmental Working Group. “The EWG started the EWG Verified program as a way to help consumers recognize products that do not contain harmful ingredients, fully disclose ingredients, and are made with sustainable manufacturing practices,” says Carla Burns, EWG research analyst.

The Dieline: Billie Unveils New Line Along With Clean Calculator That Rates Safety Of Your Beauty Products

The products are all EWG (Environmental Work Group) certified and made from safe ingredients, including plant-based and vegan alternatives to harsh and planet-unfriendly substances.

General Health: 20 Best Clean Makeup Brands – Natural, Organic Makeup

Another great resource: the Environmental Working Group. “The EWG started the EWG Verified program as a way to help consumers recognize products that do not contain harmful ingredients, fully disclose ingredients, and are made with sustainable manufacturing practices,” says Carla Burns, EWG research analyst.

Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database

Golf Digest: Best Sunscreen And Lip Balm For Golf

While we recognize the ease of use of chemical-based sunscreens and their effectiveness in preventing burns and other skin damage from UV rays, Golf Digest does not endorse those products based on advice from the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

Food Scores

Vine Pair: Just How Natural Are ‘Natural’ Flavorings?

In fact, in its research of 80,000 food products, the non-profit Environmental Working Group found that natural flavors are the fourth most common ingredient listed on food labels, behind salt, water, and sugar.

Kourtney Kardashian

Heavy: Kourtney Kardashian’s POOSH: What to Know About the Lifestyle Brand

Kourtney has been advocating for clean beauty products for years, even going so far as to join with the Environmental Working Group to meet with a congressional committee in 2018. Their purpose was to lobby for legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to investigate and prevent the sales of dangerous cosmetics. Reprinted by News of the day

Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change + Health

The Washington Post: Why you don’t have to give up all meat to have a healthy diet

An Environmental Working Group and CleanMetrics study found that chicken was the meat with the least effect on the environment (though still worse than plant foods and most fish and dairy).

New PFAS Testing Report 

The Hill: Pentagon cleanup of toxic 'forever chemicals' likely to last decades

It’s also troubling we can't answer an equally disturbing question: When will DOD clean up legacy PFAS at military installations?” said Scott Faber with the Environmental Working Group, which tracks the spread of PFAS.

Healthy Living Magazine: Toxic Shock

That’s how many persons are now drinking PFAS-tainted water, according to an analysis of EPA-mandated national testing results by the Environmental Working Group.

Water & Wastes Digest: Better Capex, Opex Options for PFAS Treatment

A recent report by the Environmental Working Group cites the latest statistics on PFAS’ reach into everyday American life — drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people, in at least 610 locations across 43 states are known to be contaminated with one or more of the thousands of known PFAS compounds. 

PFAS and Cancer Paper

Medical News Today: PFAS may have a lot in common with carcinogens

The study, appearing in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, was a collaboration between the Environmental Working Group, in Washington, D.C., and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health.

PFAS Interactive Map

Great Lakes Now: PFAS Around the Great Lakes Region: Actions taken in each state or province and standards set, if any

An interactive map of PFAS sites across the U.S. from the Environmental Working Group and Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University is available online HERE.

PFAS Military Site Contamination

Chemistry World: US military sites that may be contaminated by PFAS grow by 60%

Meanwhile, the Environmental Working Group says it found evidence within DOD documents that PFAS has been detected in groundwater at 14 military installations at levels above 1 million parts per trillion (ppt), which far exceeds the 70ppt drinking water lifetime health advisory level recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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