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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 …

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GM food labeling: risk communication researcher finds that consumers desire transparency and input in decision making

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

Guest article by Katherine McComas, Professor of Communication, Cornell University; Graham Dixon, Assistant Professor of Science and Risk Communication, Washington State University, and John Besley, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University The fast-approaching July 1, 2016, deadline for Vermont’s new labeling law – and a new federal proposal that would set a national system for disclosure – for …