Are food additives messing with your hormones?

Guest post by Maricel Maffini, Ph.D As the season of eating approaches, it’s a great opportunity to talk about chemicals in food. Although there are some familiar names such as bisphenol A (BPA), we don’t often hear about food additives and their association with breast health or disease. But before I dig in, there are … Read more…

Gov. Brown Signs Flame Retardant Labeling Bill into Law

California consumers will soon have the power to make informed decisions about whether or not to buy furniture containing toxic and ineffective flame retardant chemicals. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1019, authored by Senator Mark Leno, which requires disclosure of the use or absence of flame retardant chemicals on existing furniture labels. “This … Read more…

The Case for Transparency: Unveiling the Dirty Secrets of Industry

Guest blog by Breast Cancer Fund Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer On Thurs., Aug. 21, the Breast Cancer Fund joined Earthjustice and 4 other health, labor and environmental groups in filing a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that the agency establish time limits for confidentiality claims regarding chemical information submitted by industry … Read more…

FDA Jumps the Gun on Bisphenol A and Undermines Ongoing Safety Research

Guest post by Maricel V. Maffini, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council At low doses the FDA says bisphenol A, the substance used in cans, plastics and dental fillings, is safe. But, the agency is in the midst of a multimillion dollar study examining the safety of this synthetic estrogen. Haven’t they jumped the gun?  … Read more…

New Rules for Chemicals Needed to Protect Health (Roll Call, 4/21/14)

In an opinion piece for Roll Call Jeanne Rizzo argues that Congress has utterly failed to effectively regulate the chemical industry, and shares responsibility for widespread toxic chemical contamination of people and the environment.  "Will Congress become relevant by leading the way to a new federal regulatory framework that makes protecting public health the number … Read more…

Are lipsticks dangerous? (CNN, 4/4/2014)

Sharima Rasanayagam This article, which was written by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, appears on CNN.com.  Every day millions of women apply lipstick without a second thought. What many don't know is that lipsticks may contain lead, the notorious metal that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Lead is a neurotoxin … Read more…

Avon finally gives triclosan the boot (The Guardian, 4/1/2014)

Facing pressure from shareholders and consumers who want safer cosmetics, Avon announced it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. While the Breast Cancer Fund and our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are pleased that Avon has taken action to remove this hormonally active chemical, we’re pushing the company … Read more…

Roundup: Flame retardants under fire

Firefighters and advocates take a stand to give toxics the boot.

Media Roundup: Calif. takes on controversial flame retardant chemical (3/13/14-3/14/14)

Solidifying its national leadership to halt the use of a highly toxic flame retardant chemical linked to cancer and other serious health effects, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration issued new rules requiring the evaluation of the safety of TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) and its alternatives used in children’s sleep products sold in the state of California. As … Read more…