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EWG: Schools near pesticide spray zones could lose health protections

Thousands of schools are located near farms across the U.S. where pesticide may be sprayed, , an EWG analysis finds. But some members of Congress want to block state and local safeguards that protect...

Study: Consumption of ultra-processed foods may cause harmful ‘food addiction’

If you have trouble stopping with just one potato chip or slice of frozen pizza once you get started, you’re not alone. Fourteen percent of adults and 12 percent of kids show characteristics of “food...

No tricks, just treats: A nutritionist shares how new California food safety law will make Halloween healthier

When clinical nutritionist Stacy Roy takes her daughter Neela trick-or-treating this Halloween, she’ll be thinking about the ingredients in the candy handed out – but not just for that night.

How to buy a safer crib mattress

Babies spend most of their time in a crib. But many crib mattresses contain toxic chemicals that can harm the baby.

What is titanium dioxide?

Titanium dioxide is a food additive that can be found in over 3,000 different products in EWG’s Food Scores database.

Why one innovative sunscreen company wants their products EWG VERIFIED®

Why would a sunscreen company want to get EWG VERIFIED®? It’s a question we asked Autumn Blum, founder of Stream2Sea, which makes the only mineral-based sunscreens to be tested and proven safe for...

Funky fruit snack ingredients: School day treats may contain harmful chemicals

After the summer, it can seem daunting to return to the rhythm of packing school lunches with healthy snacks. Packaged fruit snacks are an easy addition to a child’s lunch bag or pocket for a quick...

Beware of the chemical BVO in fruit-flavored drinks

Carbonated orange drinks and fruit-flavored energy drinks contain an ingredient that isn’t in your morning OJ: brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, a chemical that can harm the nervous system.

Sticky situation: Harmful food chemicals in chewing gum

Chewing gum has long been popular among people of all ages. It’s a convenient way to freshen your breath, curb cravings and relieve stress. But before you reach for that stick of gum, you may want to...

What are parabens?

Parabens are a group of chemicals that preserve our personal care products. But their extensive use in these everyday items puts people at repeated risk of exposure.

Study: Exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’ during pregnancy increases odds of health harms

California researchers have found alarming evidence of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in the blood of pregnant people.

What are phthalates?

As you start your day, phthalates have joined your morning rituals. Your first dose happens the moment you pull back your plastic shower curtain and then lather up with shampoo and soap. You’re...

What’s in your beach bag? Top-rated sunscreens and skin products this summer

It’s time to shake out your trusty tote from last summer – despite your best efforts, sand found its way into every crevice. And there’s stickiness from sunscreen that made its way onto the fabric...

Hard to swallow: Aspartame risk highlights FDA chemical review loopholes

Consumers digesting the news that aspartame may be linked to cancer will probably develop heartburn once they learn about loopholes in the Food and Drug Administration’s food chemical safety system.

Save your vacation with these best “bang for your buck” sunscreens

Whether you’re spending time this summer relaxing at the beach or sunbathing in your backyard, protecting your skin from the sun is important. Nothing ruins a nice day, let alone a vacation, like...

Sidestep harmful chemicals when using powdered mixes for summer sweet treats

Summer is a perfect time for sweet treats, from serving punch at a cookout to planning a patriotic jello dessert for July 4 – and it’s also a reminder to watch out for chemicals in the powdered mixes...

Advocacy groups call on the FDA to address radiation exposures from electronic products

The Food and Drug Administration is failing its duty to protect the public from unnecessary exposure to harmful radiation from smartphones and other electronic products, says an advocacy group...

Protecting delicate skin from harmful UV radiation: Sun safety tips for babies and children

As summer starts, it’s crucial for parents and caregivers to make their kids’ sun safety a priority. Babies and young children have thinner and more sensitive skin that is more vulnerable to the...

This Memorial Day, fire up the grill to get a taste of summer, not toxic chemicals

The sizzle of the grill – that’s the sound of summer getting underway. This Memorial Day, plan a better barbecue to avoid a side of toxic chemicals.

Chlormequat: What you need to know about this problematic pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency could soon allow chlormequat, a pesticide that may harm children’s health, on non-organic wheat and oats used to make hundreds of popular food products. Here’s what...
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