Chemicals in Food

 

Foods can contain many harmful substances, including pesticides, unhealthy additives or contaminants. EWG is working to reduce the threat of toxic chemicals in food.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Loopholes proposed by the Trump administration could exempt more than 10,000 – or one out of six – genetically modified foods from a new GMO disclosure law, according to a new analysis by EWG.

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News Release
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Attached is EWG’s letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to express concern over the high level of antibiotic-resistant bacteria being detected in supermarket meat.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, June 28, 2018

The latest round of tests by federal scientists found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on nearly 80 percent of supermarket meat in 2015, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

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News Release
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Most animals raised for meat, milk and eggs are on industrial farms that contaminate our air, soil and water. These farms rely heavily on antibiotics and other synthetic treatments to boost outputs, and combat diseases caused by stressful, crowded and unsanitary conditions. Weak bacteria are killed, leaving behind the most resilient and hard to kill — so-called “superbugs.” These bacteria are capable of causing untreatable infections.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, March 12, 2018

The more highly processed foods you eat, the higher your risk of cancer.

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News and Analysis
Article
Monday, November 27, 2017

Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant? Now’s the time to start limiting your exposure to pesticides.

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Children's Health
Article
Monday, November 27, 2017

Supermarket aisles and television commercials are full of brightly colored foods. These vibrant hues catch kids’ eyes. But are they healthy?

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Children's Health
Article
Friday, November 17, 2017

The World Health Organization issued new guidelines strongly urging farmers to stop the routine use of antibiotics in animals that aren’t sick. WHO, an arm of the United Nations, is concerned that this overuse is creating “superbugs” – deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics used to treat human infections.

 
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News and Analysis
Article
Thursday, November 9, 2017

While there's still work to be done, this massive pesticide protection law has allowed us to remove some of the most dangerous pesticides out of the food supply. Now, 20 years later, Congress is considering the Regulatory Accountability Act that would make it virtually impossible to create rules like this one aimed at protecting public health.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EWG’s Food Scores database is a one-of-a-kind tool that scores over 80,000 products based on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns and degree of processing.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Want to avoid pesticides in produce? See which foods showed the highest and lowest concentrations of pesticides!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EWG's Food Database is coming soon! 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

We’d like to thank Rob Fraley, chief technology official at Monsanto, who’s largely responsible for introducing genetically modified foods to the U.S. and Big Ag’s surge in pesticide use that ensued.

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News and Analysis
Article
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly added to processed foods, waterproof clothing and other everyday products may cause obesity.
 

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News and Analysis
Article
Monday, May 22, 2017

Today, consumer, health, and food safety groups challenged a Food and Drug Administration rule that undermines the integrity of our food safety system.

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News Release
Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration denied a petition today by public interest groups, including EWG, to ban the use in dry food packaging of perchlorate, a toxic chemical that is also an ingredient in rocket fuel.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Legislation introduced today would make California the first state to ban perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, from fast food wrappers and takeout containers.
 

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News Release
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list of the EWG Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues.

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News Release
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon.
 

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News Release
Monday, December 5, 2016

A bit of good news for seafood lovers: Scientists at Stony Brook University recently reported a notable drop in mercury concentrations in bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine over the past decade.
 

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