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Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law 10.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.
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Rural Americans' struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court 6.8.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industrial farms have negatively impacted surrounding communities for decades, but new litigation might be changing that.
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How SNAP and Medicaid Work Requirements Will Hurt Workers 2.8.2018 American Prospect
trickle-downers.jpg On any given day, you’re likely to interact with a lot of people who work in the low-wage labor market. They’re the laborers you pass on the street, the retail clerks in a shop you frequent, the cooks or wait staff at a restaurant you like. They might be your family, friends, and coworkers. Maybe you yourself work in one of these occupations—after all, many millions of Americans do. While conservatives might paint adults who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly called food stamps) benefits and Medicaid as idle people who don’t want to work, the data don’t validate that assumption. Adults who rely on SNAP and Medicaid for help paying for their groceries and health care are often those same low-wage workers. But their work is largely volatile and unstable, and it comes without such key work supports as paid sick and family leave and affordable child care. That’s why the recent policy push to institute harsh work requirements in both SNAP and Medicaid is ...
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China Regulator's Vaccine Reassurance Backfires 31.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
China’s food and drug watchdog, looking to restore public confidence in its vaccine oversight Tuesday, instead set off a fresh social-media uproar.
Fired Wawa worker claims illegal lunch break policy led to 'seven-month nightmare' 30.7.2018 Philly.com News
In February, the Delaware Department of Labor said Armstrong was fired without cause and could apply for unemployment benefits.
All-plant Impossible Burger and its 'blood' are safe, FDA says 26.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Impossible Burger, a plant-based patty sold across Minnesota that mimics cow meat's bleeding, got the federal Food and Drug Administration's blessing this week
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How addressing energy used in food processing contributes to more sustainable agriculture 25.7.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Greater energy efficiency beyond the farm gate and more sustainable processes inside the farm are the two sides of the same coin.
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Goldfish recalled due to Salmonella scare 25.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish has been recalled following concerns about possible contamination. No illnesses have been reported.
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American Academy of Pediatrics calls for “urgently needed reforms” to fix broken food additive regulatory system 23.7.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D. is Chemicals Policy Director Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a “Food Additives and Child Health” policy statement calling for “urgently needed reforms to the current regulatory process at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food additives.” The policy applies to chemicals deliberately added to food or to food […]
Changes to food stamps could deny benefits to thousands 23.7.2018 Philly.com News
A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would mandate enhanced work requirements for people receiving SNAP, denying benefits to those who work fewer than 20 hours a week.
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Lawsuit says migrants were subjected to dirty detention facilities, bad food and water 18.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In interviews that appear in the suit filed by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, detainees also reported not being allowed to shower for days and sleeping in overcrowded rooms.
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Pa., N.J. among states examining hiring policies for fast-food chains 9.7.2018 Philly.com News
Contract clauses known as "no-poaching agreements" are preventing employees from transferring to different franchises within the same company. Now, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state attorneys general are joining an investigation into the agreements.
FDA-approved PFAS and drinking water – Q & A on analytical measurements 29.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Independent Consultant On May 2018, we released a blog highlighting paper mills as a potentially significant source of drinking water contamination from 14 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved poly- and per-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) used to greaseproof paper. We showed that wastewater discharge could result in PFAS concentrations in […]
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FDA-approved PFAS and drinking water – Q&A on textile mills and environmental permits 21.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Independent Consultant In May 2018, we released a blog highlighting paper mills as a potentially significant source of drinking water contamination from 14 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved poly- and per-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) used to greaseproof paper. We showed that wastewater discharge could result […]
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Philadelphia could become the next city to pass a scheduling law for retail and fast-food companies 14.6.2018 Philly.com News
A new City Council bill aims to follow in the footsteps of such cities as New York and San Francisco.
For children’s food, heavy metals require more attention and better standards 12.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner is Chemicals Policy Director and Michelle Harvey and Maricel Maffini are consultants In June 2017, EDF released Lead in Food: A Hidden Health Threat. The report examined a decade’s worth of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and found lead detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for […]
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Sexual harassment in restaurants: How Philly's food scene is grappling with #MeToo 11.6.2018 Philly.com News
A disproportionate number of sexual harassment complaints are filed by restaurant employees, but many businesses don't have formal guidelines to handle them. A local coalition wants to change that through training.
After failing to solve deadly E. coli mystery, FDA is urged to improve tracking of risky foods 2.6.2018 Philly.com News
In the wake of the latest E. coli outbreak, consumer groups are urging the FDA to do what is was supposed to do five years ago: take steps to improve tracking systems for risky foods.
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EPA sets interim limits on hypochlorite bleach to reduce degradation to perchlorate 1.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant On May 1, 2018, Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) made an interim pesticide registration decision[1] for hypochlorite bleach used to disinfect drinking water. The office decided to require the “Precautionary Statements” section of the bleach’s pesticide label to include advisory […]
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Paper mills as a significant source of PFAS contamination, but who’s watching? 21.5.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Independent Consultant Across the country, communities are grappling with how to manage contamination of drinking water by perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), a class of chemicals widely used in consumer products, industrial processes, and firefighting foams. Concern over the chemicals grew with the Environmental Protection Agency’s […]
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