Chemical Watch Blog

FDA to Lower Lead Levels in Fruit Juice

Based on a report that has found “concerning levels of lead” in U.S. fruit juice* the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now plans to lower the acceptable levels of lead permitted in fruit juice.

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Reusable Plastic Drinking Bottles: Study

Scientists detected more than 400 different chemicals from plastic reusable drinking bottles and over 3,500 substances derived from dishwasher soap after putting these bottles through the dishwasher. Several of these substances are potentially quite harmful to human health, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals and insecticides like DEET.

Millions of Cases of Asthma may be Caused by Chemicals in Air Pollution: New study

A new study has found that nearly 2 million new cases of pediatric asthma every year may be caused by a traffic-related air pollutant, a problem particularly important in big cities.  Equally disturbing, a second study by the same research team finds that 1.8 million excess deaths around the world are linked to urban air pollution.