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Study: Certified organic packaged foods contain fewer ingredients linked to negative health effects

Questions persist about just how much healthier organic produce is compared to conventional food, yet until now, no study has systematically considered the differences between organic and non-organic...

Thousands of children’s sweets contain additive unsafe for human consumption

Skittles, Starburst and thousands of other sweet treats marketed to children contain titanium dioxide – an additive European food safety regulators say is no longer safe for human consumption. Yet the...

Food chemicals bills will reduce U.S. health risks, close gap with strict European rules

M&M’s in Europe look and taste about the same as those sold in the U.S. But stateside, the candy comes with one key difference – and it may be harmful to your health.

California lawmakers advance bills to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in kids’ products, food packaging

California lawmakers are advancing legislation that would significantly boost efforts to remove the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from consumer products, with the state Senate poised to vote...

The good glow: Stay safe with protective sunscreens this summer

Sunscreen helps reduce the risk of sunburns and long-term skin damage, but only one in four products offers adequate protection and does not contain worrisome ingredients, according to an EWG analysis...

Summer check-in: Sun safety tips for kids

Summer is here, and your children are likely excited to play outside for hours. But exposure to bright sunshine brings with it the risk of skin damage, so EWG is offering our top tips for safe...

For the FDA, toxic chemicals are a kitchen table issue

When Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, testifies before a Senate spending committee on Thursday, she will likely face a lot of questions about toxic...

Leftover Trump EPA rule leaves millions at risk from lead-tainted tap water

Civil rights and environmental groups are urging the Biden administration to delay implementation of a Trump-era rule that would leave millions of Americans exposed to toxic lead in drinking water.

California agency acknowledges synthetic food dyes’ link to hyperactivity and behavioral problems in kids

Foods containing synthetic food dyes make children vulnerable to hyperactivity and other behavioral problems, according to a new report by California state scientists.

D.C. sues baby food company for misleading parents about its products’ safety

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of baby food, Beech-Nut, for knowingly making false claims about the presence of heavy...

Common drinking water contaminant linked to spike in Parkinson’s disease

A common chemical used in dry cleaning, carpet cleaners, shoe polish and industrial processes that contaminates the drinking water supply for millions of people could contribute to an explosion in the...

Environmental Racism: A Public Health Crisis

Last month, after a year-long investigation, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other officials were charged for their roles in the Flint water crisis – the environmental disaster that shocked...

Harmful BPA Replacements Contaminate Store Receipts

“Would you like your receipt?” Maybe not. Your exchange with the grocery store checkout clerk may seem like an odd time to worry about hormone-disrupting chemicals, but for decades, receipts printed...

5 Things To Avoid in Your Personal Care Products If You’re Pregnant or Trying To Get Pregnant

If you're pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, it's likely you're considering how to limit your exposure to toxic chemicals. After all, you no longer have just your health to think about, you also...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for Your Child?

It's no secret that children love sweets – and that parents often try to limit the sugary treats their kids consume, because of the range of health concerns, not to mention dental bills, associated...

Study: Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water May Increase Risk of Low Birth Weight Infants

Pregnant women exposed to low levels of disinfection byproducts in chlorinated drinking water were more likely to give birth to underweight babies, according to a recent peer-reviewed study based in...

PFAS and Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity: An EWG Fact Sheet

The toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are a class of environmentally persistent manmade chemicals that are used as water, grease and stain repellents in clothing and furniture, in industrial...

Study: Premature Births Drop After Coal, Oil Power Plants Shut Down

The rate of premature births to California mothers living near coal and oil power plants dropped significantly after the plants were shut down, researchers from the University of California and Johns...

Researchers Link Kids’ Weight Gain to Chemical Exposures

It's not just a poor diet and lack of exercise that can make kids overweight.

Study: Phaseout of Teflon Chemical Has Likely Averted Thousands of Low-Weight Births and Saved Billions in Health Care Costs

The phaseout of a hazardous chemical formerly used to make Teflon has likely prevented thousands of low-weight births in the U.S. each year, saving billions of dollars in health care costs, says a new...

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