Kids’ Health at Risk Under Trump’s EPA

Originally published on EnviroBlog. By Alex Formuzis, EWG Senior Vice President for Communications, and Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental Health Last week’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency underscored the agency’s foremost responsibility: protecting the health of America’s children. Senators on the Environment and Public […]

Federal Scientists May Lower Lead Exposure Threshold for Children

Originally published on EnviroBlog. By Monica Amarelo, Director of Communications and Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst In a shift that could help hundreds of thousands of U.S. children, federal health officials are considering whether to lower the threshold for identifying kids with elevated levels of lead exposure. Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Toxic?

By Monica Amarelo, Director of Communications Before buying a child’s car seat, responsible parents will carefully review safety ratings for the dozens of brands and models on the market. But they should also look closely at the use of toxic chemicals. According to a new report from the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., toxic […]

Teethers Expose Babies to BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

  By Monica Amarelo, Director of Communications, and Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst A new study suggests that bisphenol-A and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals at low levels leach from plastic teethers that many babies gnaw throughout the day. The researchers, whose report was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, analyzed 59 baby teethers commonly sold […]

Nobody Should Drink Water with Lead, Especially Kids — EWG’s Guide for Parents Can Help

Scientists, pediatricians and public health officials from the U.S. and around the globe agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Even the smallest amounts can cause irreversible changes, including diminished IQ and behavioral problems in children. This National Lead Poising Prevention Week, EWG wants to arm parents and all Americans with information […]

Easy Halloween Tricks

Get into the Halloween spirit — without the harmful chemicals. Help your kids stay spooky but safe with these simple steps. Download the infographic here. Face Paint Beware of heavy metals like nickel, cobalt and chromium. Apply carefully: avoid the sensitive eye area and mouth. Do a forearm test to check for allergies – even […]

For “Organic” Cosmetics, Find the Seal

By Scott Faber, EWG Vice President of Government Affairs Looking for organic cosmetics? Lots of companies add the word “organic” to cosmetics and other personal care products. But, if you want to be sure that cosmetics are free of risky chemicals, look for the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal. Only the USDA organic seal […]

FDA Warns Parents to Stop Using Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels

By Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for parents to immediately stop feeding babies any homeopathic teething tablets and gels, and to discard any unused products. The FDA is concerned that these products could cause serious adverse effects in infants, and cautioned parents to seek medical care if their […]

‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans

By Bill Walker, Vice President and Managing Editor and David Andrews, Senior Scientist Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for […]

8 Hazardous Chemicals in your Laundry Stain Remover

Fabric stain removers contain a few notable chemicals that put your health and the environment in danger.