Public Health

Getting lead out of our kids' drinking water just got a little easier. On Jan. 23, Gov. Charlie Baker released his Fiscal Year 2020 budget, including $30 million to help school districts...

Dozens of people have died. Yet in January, Home Depot was still selling the products that led to their deaths.

Unsafe food recalls in the U.S. are trending the wrong way. From 2013 to 2017, they rose 10 percent overall, and a whopping 83 percent for the most hazardous meat and poultry recalls.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Baker Earns Top Marks for Helping Schools “Get the Lead Out” of Drinking Water

BOSTON ー Governor Baker released his budget for FY 2020, which includes $30 million to help districts across Massachusetts tackle the pervasive health threat of lead in schools’ drinking water, a key recommendation from public health organizations and advocates.

Out of the 40 largest retailers in North America, 19 lack any public policy to address toxic chemicals in the products found on their shelves.

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Food

How Safe is Our Food

From E. coli-infected romaine lettuce to Salmonella-tainted beef, contaminated foods lead to illnesses that sicken as many as 1 in 6 Americans annually. In 2018, this epidemic helped spur major recalls, which caused stores and restaurants to toss millions of pounds of meat and produce.  MASSPIRG Education Fund’s new report How Safe is Our Food?, released today, reveals how fundamental flaws in our current food safety system have led to a jump in these recalls since 2013.

Flame retardants are supposed to keep us safe, but when they harm the health of both children and firefighters, they're clearly not doing their job.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Charlie Baker vetoes bill to protect kids and firefighters from toxic flame retardants

BOSTON Today, firefighters, environmental, and public health advocates blasted Governor Charlie Baker for vetoing a much watched bill to protect children and firefighters from exposure to toxic flame retardants.  

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Under the wire: Mass. legislature sends bill to Governor’s desk that will protect children and firefighters from toxic flame retardants

On New Year’s Day, in their final acts before gaveling out the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted legislation to ban 11 toxic flame retardants in children’s products, household furniture and bedding.  Governor Baker must sign the bill within 10 days for it to become law.

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