Just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day last week, the Irish learned their diets are not putting them at risk from chemicals. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on March 15 published the results of a Total Diet Study carried out to assess the dietary exposure of the Irish population to a number of chemicals…

Nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration this week seeking a ban on the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. The petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain…

This special report by Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski was originally published Sept. 23 by Environmental Health News. Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a…

Grocery retailer Price Chopper is recalling homogenized milk in half-gallon paper cartons because the milk may contain a non-hazardous cleaning solution. The recalled product bears the UPC code 4173513275 and a best-by date of Sept. 29. The cleaning solution was used to clean processing equipment and the retailer says it is not harmful to humans.…

Following a series of recent wildfires across the western United States, the government is reminding people that fire can compromise the safety of foods in the home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Monday issued a warning to the estimated 2 million Americans whose homes will be affected by fires…

The Pew Charitable Trusts has begun an effort to shed light on an often over-looked subject that affects most American eaters: the federal regulatory system for food chemicals.

According to the Pew Health Group, safety decisions regarding a third of the more than 10,000 chemicals and additives that can be put in food were made …

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decided to tweak procedures it follows in monitoring for the chemical residues left by animal drugs.  It is going to take more names, and do more testing.

In two separate instructional notices, FSIS addresses how it plans to collect more producer information and what public health veterinarians …

The House of Representatives is starting to move legislation that would fundamentally overhaul chemical laws for the first time in over three decades.

The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, H.R. 5820, introduced last week by Reps. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), seeks to reform the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, enacted under President…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined a multiagency effort this week to improve the federal government’s ability to predict how chemicals will affect human health and the environment.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the National Institute of …