Drum Roll, Please: No Estrogenic Activity Found in Tests of New Replacement for BPA in Food Can Linings

by Janet Nudelman, MA and Sharima Rasanayagam, PhD THE GIST What is the problem? Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupting chemical used in the lining of many food and beverage cans. Studies have shown that BPA can leach from the lining of cans into the food and then into people. Growing consumer concern over … Read more…

EPA Kicks Off TSCA Reform Implementation with Selection of First 10 Chemicals

  Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a list of the initial 10 chemicals that the agency will review for safety under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law. Issuing the list starts the clock for EPA evaluation of the safety of these high priority chemicals, and implementation of steps to protect the … Read more…

A Post-Election, Pre-Thanksgiving Message from Jeanne

For all Americans, and I dare say the world, the November 8th presidential election in this country casts a shadow or a light on this traditional American holiday when we are called to give thanks. I’m writing today with gratitude for the determination of our dedicated staff and all who support us as we navigate … Read more…

October Shopping Guide: Safe & Transparent

Welcome friends, to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. When 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation from … Read more…

What’s Hiding in Kids’ Face Paints and Makeup?

We sent face paints and kids’ cosmetics to the lab to find out what might be lurking in these products. After extensive label reading, we tested 48 Halloween products for the presence of heavy metals and 65 kids’ makeup products—collected by 14 partners across the country—for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We found the widespread presence … Read more…

Scary Secrets: What’s Hiding Inside Your Kids’ Makeup?

Earlier this month, colleagues from around the country scoured toy aisles across the country for kids’ products containing fragrance or ingredients made with the chemical styrene (see table below). Now, the 51 products they purchased are at an independent, certified laboratory to be tested for volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). We’ve also sent more than 14 … Read more…

Beyond the Label Bewitching: Kids’ Makeup Exposed

In 2009, we sent 10 Halloween makeup kits to a lab to test for heavy metals. We suspected these products could contain heavy metals due to the substantial pigmentation in the products. Very sensitive tests revealed low levels of lead in 100 percent of the products. Further, half of the products contained chromium, four contained … Read more…

2015 To-do list: Change laws, shift markets. Check, check!

The Breast Cancer Fund’s single focus on preventing breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals is what sets us apart from any other breast cancer organization. Together, we have worked to protect those we care about from these dangerous exposures. After all, prevention starts with what we put on and into our bodies. … Read more…

Nontoxic holiday gift guide: Jess’s top 10 tips

‘Tis the season to give the gift of a healthier future and  Breast Cancer Fund Development Manager Jessica Smith is here to help with her top 10 holiday gift recommendations. She has put together a shopping guide to assist you in your hunt for those perfect nontoxic gifts from companies that care about breast cancer … Read more…

La Rhonda’s Story

At age 17, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson came home from school one day to find her entire extended family gathered at her house. That’s strange, she thought. She knew that her mom had been sick, but she didn’t know it was cancer. Her mother died later that night. “I had a mother who put a lot … Read more…