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Sweater weather worries: What to know before you layer up

As temperatures drop and holiday shopping kicks into high gear, it’s time to talk about the many chemicals that might lurk in the clothes filling your gift bags.

Are food and consumer product chemicals contributing to our obesity crisis?

The food industry insists America’s obesity crisis can be chalked up to simple math – people eat too much and exercise too little.

FDA agrees to renewed call for reassessing health risks of BPA in food packaging

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration finally said it would heed calls from EWG and other top advocacy groups seeking to limit the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in food packaging, an urgent need...

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 potentially harmful chemicals, but for decades, receipts printed...

BPA Update: Tracking the Canned Food Phaseout

For decades, most canned food manufacturers used can linings made of epoxy resin based on bisphenol A, or BPA, making food the primary route of our exposure to this toxic chemical. A robust body of...

Study: Consumer Product Safety Testing Misses Cancer Risks From Chemical Mixtures

Mixtures of chemicals commonly found in consumer products are more likely to increase breast cancer risk than the same chemicals individually, according to a new analysis. But safety tests by...

New Research Links BPA to Breast Cancer in Lab Animals, FDA Downplays Concerns

New federally funded research links low doses of bisphenol A with a sharp increase in breast tumors in laboratory animals.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic BPA

No one disputes that bisphenol A, a toxic compound widely used to line food cans and other food packaging, is polluting people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in the urine of...

Researchers Link Kids’ Weight Gain to Chemical Exposures

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

Federal Study: Replacements for Hormone-Disrupting BPA May Be Just as Bad

Replacements for bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical in plastics and food containers, could be just as harmful or even worse than it, according to a new study by the National Toxicology Program...

5 Ways to Reduce Toxic Exposures in Your Home

If you have small children in the house, are pregnant or are trying to conceive – or simply want to stay healthy – you are probably looking for ways to avoid toxic chemicals at home and outdoors...

Study Links BPA to Attention Disorder in Kids

Children with high levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their bodies were more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than those with lower levels of the chemical, according to a...

New Resource Reveals Widespread Use of Toxic BPA

EWG has uncovered new information about a toxic chemical many of us are buying at the grocery store – and how common it really is.

How Industry Twists Science to Downplay the Dangers of Toxic Chemicals

The most egregious flaw of the United States' toothless and outdated system of regulating chemicals is the failure to adequately and independently test chemicals for safety. Because of the...

FDA Clears BPA In Cans, Again

The federal Food and Drug Administration has quietly reaffirmed its position that Americans are not being harmed by bisphenol A, a synthetic estrogen that is an essential ingredient of the epoxy...

Prostate Cancer: Don’t Blame Mom (it’s BPA’s fault)

OK, guys. Remember back in March, when we told you that exposure to BPA might be bad for your prostate? Well, a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago has shown that prenatal exposure to...

EWG Celebrates 13 Women Scientists in 2013 Women’s History Month

March is Women's History Month, when the nation honors the many women who have had a lasting impact on American culture, history and women's rights.

Butch, Sundance & BPA

You remember the final scene: Butch and Sundance, hopelessly cornered and surrounded by the Bolivian army, are stubbornly confident that they'll escape to make their way to sanctuary in Australia. It...

California Set to Declare BPA Toxic to Reproductive System

In the last decade. Study after study by scientists from around the globe has connected the plastics and food packaging ingredient with more than a dozen serious health problems, including...

BPA: Why I Became Best Friends with my Slow Cooker

My slow cooker is battered and dinged, and I love it. Fill it with filtered water and dried beans in the morning, set on low, and by dinnertime, I have a steaming pot of cooked beans. Or load it up...
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