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USDA should establish a science-based regulatory system to address genetically engineered and gene-edited crops

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Greg Jaffe

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Gregory Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest, how genetically engineered and gene-edited crops should be regulated. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops to ensure that they are not harmful to our agricultural …

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CRISPR: the bacterial immune system that revolutionized genomic research

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Joe Zagorski

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Joe Zagorski from the Michigan State University Institute of Integrative Toxicology how CRISPR has impacted his research. CRISPR is here to stay. There are few topics that garnish such diametrically opposed stances as genetic modifications of organisms, whether it be for gene therapy or development of disease …

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Check out this cool infographic on hazard and risk!

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Multiple Views, Risk Bite Video, Science Bits by Keri Szejda

When talking about the safety of chemical ingredients in food and packaged goods, the topic of hazard and risk is something that often – and should – come up. Hazard is the potential to cause harm. Risk, on the other hand, has to do with the likelihood or probability of a harmful outcome actually occurring. And this depends on exposure – …

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Research brief: new study offers insights on occupational BPA exposure

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A CRIS Bits research brief on the article, “Urinary Bispenal A (BPA) Concentrations among Workers in Industries that Manufacture and Use BPA in the USA” published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Background For most people, exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) is relatively low, and primarily occurs from our diet (BPA is used in the packaging materials of some food and …

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Everything in your kitchen is made of chemicals

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Chris Thompson, Monash University Earnest websites, advertisements and well-meaning popular articles routinely warn us about nasty “chemicals” lurking in our homes and kitchens. Many tout the benefits of switching to a “chemical-free lifestyle”. The problem is: the word “chemical” is entirely misused in these contexts. Everything is a chemical – common table salt (sodium chloride), for instance, and …

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GMOs: Unjustified Fear or Actual Danger? (Part 1)

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Irene Park

Author: Irene Park, PhD Candidate in Department of Human Genetics, Wilson/Glover Labs, University of Michigan Medical School It seems like “Non-GMO Project Verified” labels have been popping up on more and more food packages. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are on the public’s mind, and food manufacturers, restaurants, and the government are reacting. For example, the restaurant chain Chipotle recently promised to ban genetically modified ingredients, naming …

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For Antibacterial Soaps, Context Matters

In All, Consumer products, Environment, General, Guest Article, Research Brief by Guest Author

Guest authors Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University and Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit. About 40 percent of soaps use at least one of these chemicals, and the chemicals …

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FDA Makes Final Ruling on Antibacterial Soaps

In All, Consumer products, General by Keri Szejda

As consumers, it’s not always easy to make decisions about what products we consider safe to use on our bodies. Risk assessments, by their nature, always leave some degree of uncertainty. So when making decisions about whether to use a particular product, it’s helpful to consider whether “the benefits outweigh the risks”. To go about our daily lives, most of …