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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Environmental Working Group (EWG) asked a prestigious expert advisory panel to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue long-awaited regulations for sunscreen products.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

EWG opposes an EPA pesticide office plan for conditional registration of a nanoscale silver chemical known as HeiQ AGS-20 and used as an antimicrobial, pesticide and textile preservative. EWG asks the agency not to approve this chemical’s use in consumer products until its maker produces all the data EPA typically requires for regulation of antimicrobials and until an EPA evaluation of these data determines that the product is safe for people and the environment.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On September 20th, 2010 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overhauled its website (www.fcc.gov/cgb/sar/) to downplay the health risks of cell phone emissions and raise questions about the value of relative SAR ratings of different phones. The FCC’s altered webpage is full of internal inconsistencies and at odds with latest research on cell phone radiation.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

EWG comments to EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment question a case study’s failure to clearly present conclusions about the possible effects on people and the environment of nanoscale silver. EWG calls on the agency to conduct thorough health and safety evaluations of novel nanoscale materials prior to market entry.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall is the iconic American season. Football. Soccer. Cross-country meets. Apple-picking. Hiking through forests blazing red and orange. Bicycling in crisp country air. Raking the leaves. Hayrides. Pumpkin patches. School fairs.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Every year around this time, the school supply list shows up in our mailbox. You know the one, where teachers tell you exactly what to bring on the first day to fill the new classroom with the necessities that don't last from year to year and aren't provided by the school. Sometimes they even specify brand names! But that doesn't stop some of us from asking whether the items on the list are safe for our children, or how we can pick the safest - and greenest - options. 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group's review of a commentary on the safety of retinyl palmitate in sunscreens, published August 6 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, has found numerous flaws and misleading arguments along with undisclosed industry affiliations by two of the three authors.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Having written about toxins in toys, vitamins, children's products, and food for two years on my blog, Non-Toxic Kids, well, I needed to put up or shut up, to say it simply.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

 

EWG President Ken Cook testifies to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection about the major shortcomings in the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 21 –For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

A substance that leached out of cereal packaging and sickened consumers, spurring Kellogg's recall of 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks and other popular children's cereals, has been identified as a petroleum-based compound that appears to be a breakdown product of chemicals used in the cereal box liners.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, July 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C – Consumers can now turn to their iPhones to assist them in selecting the most effective sunscreen products with a free application, or App, linked to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide. The EWG App is an easy way to check just how safe and effective your sunscreen is.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

When I shop for furniture, I usually think of what NOT to get - no sprayed-on stain protection, no flame retardants, no unsustainable wood, and the list goes on.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 – Environmental Working Group (EWG), which published the first consumer-friendly guide to the radiation emitted by cellphones >, has requested that Apple lend its support to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal, which would require all wireless devices sold in the City to display at the point of sale the level of radiation they emit. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider the Mayor’s legislation Tuesday, June 8th.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to speed their analysis of a seminal investigation of possible toxic and carcinogenic risks of retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A added to many sunscreen products.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Millions of American consumers participate every day as unwitting human lab rats in one of the biggest experiments ever conducted (or, more appropriately, perpetrated) on the human race. For many, their entrance into the "lab" starts in their 'tweens and continues through high school and on into adulthood. Of course, I'm talking about those who wear perfumes, cologne or the ever-popular "body sprays."

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

San Francisco - A new analysis reveals that top-selling fragrance products—from Britney Spears’ Curious and Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity to Calvin Klein Eternity and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce —contain a dozen or more secret chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety by the beauty industry’s self-policing review panels.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by EWG revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, topped by American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24, Chanel Coco with 18, and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio with 17.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well-known author and psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests that if we consumers have more easily-accessible information about the products we buy, we'll be better prepared to make choices that consider ecological, social and health impacts. Perfect examples: EWG's Skin Deep database and our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

By Jane Houlihan, EWG Senior V-P for Research

Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die of it.

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