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Urvashi Rangan, PhD, is an environmental health scientist and toxicologist. She leads Consumer Reports’ Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group and serves as the Executive Director of its Food Safety and Sustainability Center. Dr. Rangan directs all of the organization's scientific risk assessments related to food and product safety, which she translates into actionable recommendations for both lawmakers and consumers. Most recently, she was the architect of the organization’s studies of arsenic in apple juice and rice and is a national expert on labels.

Michael K. Hansen, PhD is a Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. He works primarily on food safety issues and has been largely responsible for developing the organization’s positions on the safety, testing and labeling of genetically engineered food and “mad cow” disease.  Dr. Hansen served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology from 1998-2002, and on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee, from 2001-2002.

Michael Crupain, MD, MPH, is the Director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center where he directs the day-to-day operations of the organization’s food-safety testing. He joined Consumer Reports in 2012 and is a trained physician in Preventive Medicine with expertise in public health-based risk assessment. Dr. Crupain received his Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he is also an adjunct professor.


Consumer Reports is supporting a proposal announced April 25 by the USDA to declare salmonella an adulterant in breaded stuffed raw chicken products at low levels so that the agency can more effectively respond to foodborne illness outbreaks. CR praised the proposed rule as an important first

Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: CR supports USDA work to make chicken safer

Consumer Reports today (Sept. 29) urged baby food manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration to take quick and decisive action to address the “disturbing” findings in a new report issued by the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

Oversight’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a new staff report
Continue Reading House report on baby food shows FDA, companies must take action now


Note on the author: James Rogers, Ph.D., is director of food safety testing and research at Consumer Reports. He submitted this opinion piece, originally titled “Let’s Keep It Honest: The Full Story on Drug Residue in Meat & Poultry Testing,” in response to FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg’s Aug. 29
Continue Reading Consumer Reports maintains stand on possible dangers of meat, poultry