UCSF develops game-changing method to translate research on toxic chemicals and prevent disease

By David Tuller, Dr.PH. Everyone wants to know more than we currently do about the long-term effects of everyday exposures to toxic chemicals. Even obstetricians, who could be expected to have a handle on the science, report not knowing how to advise their pregnant patients, according to a recent survey led by colleagues at the … Read more…

California’s safe cosmetics database officially online, but it’s still the wild west

Last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a new website and searchable database that documents the presence of ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California. Mandated by the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (championed by the Breast Cancer Fund), … Read more…

ConsumerWatch: Walmart Phasing Out Some Harmful Chemicals (CBS, 9/13/13)

Our own Science and Education Manager Connie Engel discusses three of the toxic chemicals that should top Walmart’s pending hit list in an interview that aired on CBS-San Francisco.

P&G halts use of 2 chemicals in personal care products (Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/7/2013)

After more than a decade of pressure from our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, consumer product giant Proctor & Gamble has announced that it will halt the use of diethyl phthalate (DEP) and triclosan in personal care products starting in 2014.

Exposed: The mammogram myth and the pinkwashing of America (Orion Magazine, 9-10/2013)

“We don’t need more ribbons. What we need is to face a truth that is not pretty, not pink, and not reassuring at all. Chemicals are in our bodies. They are causing cancer. And all the pink ribbons in the world aren’t going to fix that.”

Reforming chemical law means saving lives (The Hill, 7/31/13)

Breast Cancer Fund op-ed in The Hill drives home the point: Fixing the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will mean having the courage to meaningfully regulate an industry that has enjoyed little oversight.

Breast Cancer Fund testifies before Congress for second time this summer

Our senior policy strategist is testifying before Congress, providing a voice for those affected by breast cancer. It’s time for our government to prioritize public health over chemical industry profits.

Congress re-introduces safe cosmetics legislation in attempt to update 1938 law

Congress introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013. The legislation would give the FDA authority to regulate personal care products, most of which are not currently tested for safety under our outdated system.

Eat like a Mennonite (New York Times, 1/18/2013)

What does it take for a modern American family to lower its BPA levels? Author Florence Williams offers a peek into her stint in the nearly-plastic-free world.