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Pumpkin spice surprise – the toxic chemicals lurking in ‘fragrance’

Background Starbucks introduced its autumn drink Pumpkin Spice Latte a few days earlier this year than last. Once that happens, we know we’re in peak pumpkin spice season. That coffee drink’s success...

New study finds possible link between ultra-processed foods and depression

Here’s one more reason to cut back on highly processed foods, especially those containing artificial sweeteners : They’re associated with a higher risk of depression, a new study finds. The paper,...

Update: Federal facilities struggle to routinely offer plant-based or vegetarian options

Many federal facilities still don’t follow voluntary federal guidelines on providing adequate plant-based or vegetarian meal options a year after EWG last highlighted the problem.

Freezer finds: Toxic chemicals in frozen meals may cause health harms

Frozen dinners can be helpful when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare a fresh meal – quick and easy, especially given their long freezer life. But some brands include toxic chemicals you don...

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.

The New Lede

The nonprofit news outlet The New Lede, launched as an EWG project in May 2022, is a recognized and trusted source for in-depth reporting on important environment and human health stories across the U...

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...

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.

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.

Bad chemistry: FDA’s broken chemical review system

For decades, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed chemical companies to decide whether most food chemicals are safe. EWG recently found 99 percent of the food chemicals that have entered the...

California bill to ban food chemicals is a win for environmental justice

A bill before the California Senate that would ban five food chemicals isn’t just a matter of public health.

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...

EWG: 30 years of environmental progress

Every day, consumers are presented with choices about how we protect ourselves and those we love. For the past 30 years, EWG has fought to make it easier for us to seize those opportunities.

Going, going, gone? EWG finds glyphosate levels drop in oat-based products

When it comes to a harmful pesticide in your cereal or oatmeal, do you want the good or bad news first?

Speaker McCarthy should target farm subsidies for the wealthy, not food stamps

This week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made ending food assistance for many hungry people one of his demands for raising the debt ceiling.

Setting the record straight on EWG’s funding and Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

In what has become an annual ritual, in recent weeks the 2023 EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™has been the target of attacks on social media by uninformed people and groups. We trust our...

Loving those tasty spring holiday candies? Look out for harmful ingredients

Spring holidays are almost here and stores are flush with popular Easter- and Passover-themed sweets, but beware, some candies often contain chemicals that can harm your health.
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