A new petition before the US FDA could finally make it illegal to sell food that's contaminated with toxic hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. Now, we need lots people to weigh in by submitting a public comment in support of the petition for phthalate-free food, before the mid-July deadline.
With the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both voting approval, we applaud Congress for creating new federal authority to help prevent harm and reduce the burden of disease, disability and early death caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in our daily lives.
Maine is at the center of a new national report on hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. What Stinks? Toxic Phthalates in Your Home, presents recently-disclosed information showing that hormone-disrupting chemicals are used in a broader range of household products than previously known.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that thousands of Maine families are drinking well water contaminated with unsafe levels of arsenic linked to skin cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, and lower IQ in children. Less than half of Maine residents with well water are getting their water tested--and plenty more don't know it's unsafe.
A new national report reveals the dangerous chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is present in the linings of two out of three cans of food distributed by popular national brands. The report is based on the results of testing nearly 200 cans of food.