Public Health

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.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

McDonald’s Takes Step to Protect Public Health

Today, McDonald’s released a new policy to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Public Health

New car seats made without toxic flame-retardant chemicals

Car seats are supposed to keep our youngest children safe. But though they may protect infants and toddlers during accidents, car seats have a history of containing toxic flame-retardant chemicals.

That’s finally changing.

Today, a coalition of groups including U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Ecology Center’s “Healthy Stuff” program released test results on car seats in a new report, Hidden Hazards:Flame Retardants and PFAS in Children’s Car Seats. The authors collaborated with researchers from Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.

If you want to prevent lead poisoning, the best solution is simple: Get the lead out of anywhere that people, especially children, can be exposed to it.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Chain Reaction report urges burger restaurants to beef up policies to eliminate routine use of antibiotics

Two growing burger chains, Shake Shack and BurgerFi, stand out from the herd when it comes to serving beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics in the burger industry. They were the only restaurants to earn an “A” on the fourth annual Chain Reaction scorecard released today by six major consumer and environmental organizations. The vast majority of hamburger chains — 22 of the top 25, including giants such as McDonald’s and Burger King — got an “F” grade because they lack established policies restricting antibiotic use in their beef supply chains.

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