Civil Eats: The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg?

January 6 2016

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will withdraw its approval for three chemicals used to make grease, stain, and water repelling food packaging and consider banning seven food additives used in both “artificial” and “natural” flavors. While the news may have gotten lost during the first post-holiday weekday, it’s worth noting. And it raises much larger questions about one of the agencies with the most control over the safety of what we eat. Here’s what you need to know.…

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New York Times Magazine: The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare

January 6 2016

Just months before Rob Bilott made partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, he received a call on his direct line from a cattle farmer. The farmer, Wilbur Tennant of Parkersburg, W.Va., said that his cows were dying left and right. He believed that the DuPont chemical company, which until recently operated a site in Parkersburg that is more than 35 times the size of the Pentagon, was responsible. Tennant had tried to seek help locally, he said, but DuPont just about owned the entire town. …

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Environmental exposures and health impacts of fluorinated chemicals

Speakers: Christopher Lau, PhD and Andrew Lindstrom, PhD
Lead Research Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); Scientist, US EPA

Event: BIFMA Healthy Furniture Workshop: An Investigation into Stain-Repellants and Antimicrobials

December 3, 2015

Riverview Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA…

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New York Times: Chemicals in your popcorn?

June 4 2015

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common? All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.…

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Huffington Post: Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

May 1 2015

In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company’s increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats and rabbits. Studies over the following decades found no safe level of exposure in animals and determined that humans, too, got sick when exposed to the chemicals — which were also seen to build up in the body and resist breakdown in the environment.…

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