Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

EPA

One out of five samples of food for babies test positive for lead

Contributed

baby-boy-eating

Editor’s note: This column by Tim Neltner was originally published June 15 by the Environmental Defense Fund. By now, it is well known that lead exposure is a significant human health concern, especially for young children. While most of the discussion about lead exposure has involved paint, drinking water, and contaminated soil or dust where… Continue Reading

Health advocates say FDA ignored law, science on perchlorate

Agency won't ban chemical from food packaging despite evidence it causes infant brain damage

feeding baby

Using the same mechanism that resulted in the banning of cyclamates in 1970, a group of public health watchdog organizations is challenging the FDA’s decision not to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The consumer advocates say the Food and Drug Administration ignored scientific evidence that shows the chemical disrupts fetal and infant brain development, causing… Continue Reading

New EPA administrator refuses to ban pesticide chlorpyrifos

chlorpyrifos_406x250

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt earlier this week signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used in U.S. agriculture. Chlorpyrifos was first registered for use in the United States by Dow Chemical in 1965  to control leafage and ground insects. It was used extensively on residential lawns… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The main event EWG vs. AFF — no holds barred

Opinion

Dirty Dozen list 2017

The “Dirty Dozen” is in the news again and as usual I’m imaging a remake of the 1967 motion picture with a cauliflower playing Ernest Borgnine’s character, a cucumber in place of Donald Sutherland and some kind of smooth-skinned melon in the role played by Telly Savalas. I imagine production numbers to rival those in… Continue Reading

Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

FDA fish to avoid graphic

The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

EPA nominee had little to do with ‘busload of lawyers’ case

IllinoisRiver_406x250

Oklahoma’s famous “busload of lawyers” case is back in the news because of president-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Environmental groups are saying Pruitt did not pursue a pollution case against the Arkansas poultry industry because he received  $40,000 in campaign… Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy

NEWS ANALYSIS

landofplenty_406x250

When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

cover USDA 2015 PDP rpt

It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

Slide 1

Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading

Farmers and ranchers get their privacy back

intersection of public private illustration

Privacy was the winner in a Court of Appeals case a few days ago in the 8th U.S. Circuit with a unanimous ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel ruled against EPA’s practice of collecting private information from farmers and ranchers and then turning it over to environmental activists and others who request it through the Freedom… Continue Reading