Monthly Archives: September 2010

Check Out Our Fall Newsletter!

CEH has had quite a list of health victories stacking up over the past several months.  Since last spring, we’ve succeeded in knocking out some of the industry’s most dangerous toxics in consumer products. Just this week, California’s governor signed our legislation to protect children from dangerous levels of cadmium in their jewelry. Last month, [...]

Conscious Food Choices, Beyond Pesticide Residues

I buy local food (except bananas, of course. And mangoes. And the occasional Roquefort.) I eat a plant-based diet (other than the matzoh ball soup from Saul’s, because what’s a little chicken broth now and then?). I even have a chicken coop in the backyard (ok, it’s been 6 months and I still haven’t gotten [...]

We Did It! The Cadmium Ban Passes in CA

Thousands of CEH members around the California came together last month and told the state Assembly that kids’ jewelry should never be toxic. Our work forced the jewelry industry to eliminate lead threats, but some jewelry makers responded by substituting cadmium, another toxic metal, for the lead they could no longer use in children’s jewelry. [...]

Alice-in-FDA-Land: More Hypocrisy on GMO Labels

This week, in explaining its position that labels will not be required on genetically engineered (GMO) salmon, FDA says that they legally cannot require such labeling. The agency claims that they are bound by labeling laws, which call for a “material” change in the salmon before labels can be required. A material change, FDA says, [...]

Lead in Your Shopping Bag?

Wegmans, a major grocery store chain in New York and nearby states recently announced that some reusable shopping bags that have been sold in its stores contain lead. Independent testing by the Empire State Consumer Project showed that these bags contain more lead than the standards set by “Toxics in Packaging” laws that many states [...]

GMO Salmon and the Banality of Corruption at FDA

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting on its preliminary assessment that genetically engineered (GMO) salmon are safe to eat. A couple weeks prior, the agency released eleven years’ worth of data on the GMO fish, giving consumer and health advocates precious little time to review the basis for the [...]

Truthiness and Fairness on GMO Labels at FDA

Today the FDA is meeting to discuss labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) salmon. Assuming that the agency makes the experimental fish the first GMO animal approved for human consumption, FDA’s proposal suggests that no labels will be required to let consumers know when they are buying the GMO fish. What’s worse, some suspect that the [...]

Tell the Governor: Reduce Pesticide Use, for School Children and Workers’ Health!

Pesticide use is so prevalent in our country that these intentional poisons are nearly everywhere. Don’t want to take my word for it? There’s no need to: cautious, understated, and matter-of-fact reports from conservative government agencies verify that pesticides pollute our food, our water, and our bodies. That’s why I want to ask Californians to [...]

CEH Stands Up to Ban Cadmium

Last week, the Center for Environmental Health and State Senator Fran Pavley led supporters in Sacramento, urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign the bill to ban the toxic metal cadmium, from children’s jewelry. This bill would cap cadmium use at 300 parts per million. CEH brought our x-ray florescence machine along to test parents’ and their [...]

The Plastic Bottle Dilemma

We’ve all done it before–you finish drinking that soda or eating that to-go lunch and you’re in a rush, with no recycling bin in sight–so what do you do with that plastic bottle or container? “Ah, how bad could it be to throw this one plastic item away, just this once?” you tell yourself. This [...]