Chemicals Feed

EPA takes action on PFAS, ‘forever chemicals’ found in products ranging from cosmetics to food packaging

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agency’s comprehensive Strategic Roadmap on Monday to confront PFAS contamination nationwide. PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are widely used in industry and consumer products. They’re highly persistent in the environment. Read more →


FDA voluntary guidelines on salt reduction are a first step, but long-term targets are needed

The Food and Drug Administration issued voluntary, short-term sodium reduction targets Wednesday for processed, packaged, and prepared foods. The FDA said limiting sodium in the American diet can help prevent diseases such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Read more →


PFAS is being banned from food packaging in California

PFAS, called “forever chemicals,” are being banned in paper-based food packaging in California under a law signed Tuesday. The new law also requires the disclosure of toxic substances in cookware. It bans paper-based food packaging using PFAS chemicals starting Jan. 1, 2023. Read more →


Be sure to compare prices as you get your yard and garden ready for winter

When I was weeding a bed I weeded this spring, I thought it’s time to get some mulch to keep the weeds down. Then, I won’t have to do as much weeding. I’m allergic to the typical beauty bark from fir trees and other evergreen trees. I’ve used deciduous mulch before, so I tried to find some. Read more →


EPA bans use of chlorpyrifos on food

As the result of an Environmental Protection Agency ban on chlorpyrifos on food, it will be illegal for any traces of it to be present on produce or food. Even in small amounts, exposure to chlorpyrifos during pregnancy and early life harms the developing brain. Read more →


Safety tips for Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Here are tips from consumer organizations and government agencies to help you have a safe Memorial Day and safe activities all summer long as you enjoy great weather and being outdoors. Read more →


Fun in the sun: EWG releases its 2021 guide to sunscreens

Only 25 percent of the sunscreens rated this year by the Environmental Working Group offer adequate protection and no worrisome ingredients such as oxybenzone. EWG researchers rated the safety and effectiveness of more than 1,800 products that advertise sun protection. Read more →