Current Health News

June 21, 2016 - Issue 3594


Rash of Foodborne Outbreaks Highlight Dangers of Industrialized Food System

Rash of Foodborne Outbreaks Highlight Dangers of Industrialized Food System

June 21, 2016

They're not your usual suspects, but these are unusual times - and thanks to an uptick in foodborne disease outbreaks one of them has sickened 38 people in 20 states, and the others may be contaminated with listeria, salmonella and staph.

Atrazine — Second Most Common Used Herbicide in U.S.

US Herbicide

June 21, 2016

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk assessment on atrazine suggests the widely used herbicide is dangerous for mammals, birds and fish. Already banned in Europe, about 70 million pounds of the chemical are sprayed onto U.S. croplands each year.

New Chemical Bill — Thousands of Years to Test 64,000 Chemicals for Safety

Toxic Substances

June 21, 2016

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has finally been updated, but do the changes go far enough to protect Americans' health? Under the new legislation, while potentially toxic chemicals will finally be tested for safety, they'll likely remain on the market for multiple generations because the deadlines for testing are so lax.