Jason Brick, founder of Safest Family on the Block, provides lots of great safety information through his newsletter, podcast, website, blog, and books. With his permission, I’ll be posting a three-part series that appeared in his newsletter on Halloween safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the early days of the pandemic, I washed my fruits and vegetables with soap and water when I was wiping down other groceries with it. However, I could taste the soap when I cooked the vegetables. So, I only washed the ones with skins I wouldn’t be eating such as bananas.
What can we as consumers do about the future of food and agriculture systems? There’s no one answer, no one starting point, and certainly no one silver-bullet solution, said Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, a think tank on food.
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.
With the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline, people began lining up at the pumps in the Southeastern United States. Since Friday, most of the pipeline, from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast, has been offline. The pipeline was shut down after a ransomware attack. On Wednesday, Colonial restarted the pipeline.