5/4/15 — “Panera Bread Plans to Drop a Long List of Ingredients” (New York Times). The restaurant chain wants to banish a variety of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors, as well as different kinds of sweeteners and meat from animals raised with antibiotics.
5/4/15 — “FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand cleaners” (Washington Post). Under a proposed rule, companies must submit new studies to the FDA looking at key safety issues of their medical hand washes and sanitizers, including possible hormonal effects and contributions to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Products that are not shown to be safe and effective by 2018 would have to be reformulated or removed from the market.
5/4/15 — “Firefighters decry 'slow death' of flame retardant bill” (Star Tribune). Representatives from the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters Union went so far as to light a couch aflame last week to demonstrate the harmful effects of flame retardant chemicals relative to their inefficacy, and to decry the “slow death” of their bill to phase out what they say are cancer-causing flame retardants from household furniture and other goods.
5/5/15 —“EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides” (Reuters). The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world's most widely used herbicide (Glyphosate/Roundup) and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later than July, the regulator's chief pesticide regulator told Reuters
5/6/15 — “Ivory Coast bans potentially deadly skin-whitening creams” (Guardian). Ivory Coast has banned skin-whitening creams, which are widely used in west Africa, because of fears they cause lasting damage to health, the health ministry said Wednesday.
5/8/15 — “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers” (NYT). Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations.
5/10/15 —“California may require warnings on products containing chemical BPA” (Reuters). Plastic drinking bottles, canned goods and other items containing the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) distributed in California might soon be required to carry a label disclosing that the compound can cause reproductive harm to women.
5/11/15 —“New York Gov. Cuomo orders emergency measures to protect workers at nail salons.” (NYT). Acting in response to a series in The New York Times, the governor said a multiagency task force would investigate possible wage theft and health hazards salon by salon.