Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

Dirty Dozen produce? Not so much.

As you may have seen in our books, the Environmental Working Group has a “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides. The EWG created this list based on tests done from 2000-2009 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The EWG combined several variables (like the percentage […]

Chicago babies go BPA-free

Yesterday, the Chicago City Council voted unaminously to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups that contain the chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA). This ban comes before the FDA has completed its ongoing investigation of the chemical. Law or no law–FDA or no FDA, consumers have already started driving BPA out of the marketplace, anyway. […]

Tainted formula update

As you may recall, the FDA has been investigating U.S made infant formula for possible melamine contamination. To date, the FDA has sampled 89 different infant formula containers and they have posted their results on their website here. As you can see, 4 were found to have extremely low levels of either melamine or cyanuric […]

Tainted baby formula? Again?

Melamine: the latest, greatest environmental health scare. If this isn’t exactly a household name for you, read our handy Q and A below. Q. What’s melamine? A. Melamine is a synthetic chemical that is used to make plastic resin coatings. Melamine made headlines last year due to tainted cat and dog food, and this year […]

FDA says "oops" on BPA-laden polycarbonate baby bottles

“A panel of science experts challenged the Food and Drug Administration’s conclusion that a chemical widely used in plastic food containers is safe, saying the FDA should have paid more attention to studies suggesting the contrary,” reports the Wall Street Journal today. It’s the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of BPA and baby bottles. […]

Q and A of the Day: Are melamine plates safe?

Q. With all this talk about Chinese formula being tainted with melamine, I’m a little leary of using my melamine plates. Are they safe? A. With melamine in the news, no doubt many parents wonder about other melamine products. I have reviewed the existing medical literature and polled my favorite environmental health expert to answer […]

NIH vs. FDA. BPA debate. Too many letters.

We continue to follow the BPA controversy for you. To recap, the National Toxicology Program (of the NIH) released a report stating they had "some" concern for adverse health effects on fetuses and young children exposed to bisphenol-A (BPA). That report led to a frenzy in the baby bottle industry to create BPA-free versions of […]

Congress moves to ban phthalates

First, it was bisphenol. Now, it’s phthalates turn. The Washington Post reports today that the Congress has passed a ban on phthalates in children’s products. This follows a similar move by European safety regulators in 1999 and state bans in California, Vermont and Washington State. Phthalates make plastics softer—they are often found in teethers, rubber […]