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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 11/1-11/15

Zoë Furlong November 18, 2015

11/2/15 — “Move Over, Yellow 6. More Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming (NPR). An increasing number of companies are moving away from synthetic colorings and toward plant-based ones.  Demand for natural colorings took off after a 2007 study linked artificial colors with hyperactivity in children.

11/4/15 — “Asbestos Scare in Cannon Is a Reminder of Congress’ Failure to Act” (Roll Call).The time is now to empower and ensure the EPA can finally ban asbestos and end the deadly asbestos man-made disaster.

11/6/15 —“The Fight to Rid Black Women's Hair Salons of Toxic Chemicals(CityLab). Chemicals in hair relaxers and other products can have dangerous side effects—especially for salon workers. But some groups are trying to change that.

11/9/15 — “Environmental Working Group Launches Cosmetics Verification Program (Chemical and Engineering News). The Environmental Working Group has launched a verification seal for personal care products intended to help consumers avoid toxic chemicals and contaminants that it says are commonly found in cosmetics.

11/13/15 —“Germ-killing bathroom sprays appear to weaken fertility” (Environmental Health News). Common ingredients in the cleaning sprays for your kitchen and bathroom make mice less fertile, suggesting the compounds could do the same to humans, according to a new study.


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