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Two More Years of Toxic Toys?

January 18, 2011
Get organized. Eat healthier. Magically make time to relax. The list list goes on. It's January, and a lot of us are taking stock of promises that we made to ourselves in the form of New Year's resolutions. Toys "R" Us knows something about promises: They made one in 2008 to take toxic chemicals...
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Toddlers With iPhones! A New Type of Pacifier with Potentially Deadly Side Effects

December 16, 2010
As a way to get her newborn infant son to sleep through the night, mom Janet Vasquez decided to use her recently bought iPhone for the often-difficult task. She downloaded several applications, including “BabySoothe” and “Lullabies”, and set them running throughout the night in close proximity to...

Tell Simple Green "It's Simple: Go Green"!

December 9, 2010
Cassidy Randall is the Program & Outreach Coordinator for Women's Voices for the Earth. How often have you heard a friend say she uses Simple Green because it’s a “natural cleaner”? Maybe you’ve even thought the same thing yourself. And who could blame you? The company’s tagline says “We Are...
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The Tale of the Toxic Toy Aisle: A Holiday Story

December 3, 2010
Two years ago, CHEJ and the Teamsters made a discovery: Toy juggernaut Toys "R" Us was peddling PVC-containing toys to the under-12 set. Toy-box classics like Toy Story 3 Barbie and You and Me Take Along Baby doll were exposing kids to toxic chemicals like lead, PVC, and more. And as anyone who has...
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Food Safety Act Passes!

November 30, 2010
Everyday, children from Nevada just like my friend Rylee Gustufson, a bright teenager from Henderson, eat lettuce, spinach, or eggs. They eat these foods at home and at school. We tell them that vegetables are good for them and will make them strong. But a raw spinach salad made Rylee so sick she...

Speak Up NOW! - Less Than 24 Hours Left to Pass Food Safety Bill

November 30, 2010
A year in which Americans have seen a number of contaminated food recalls can close out on a high note if the U.S. Senate passes landmark food-safety legislation tonight . As it stands, the nation’s food-safety system is broken. The legislation, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), would...
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Seriously? Chemical industry pressure keeps BPA in baby bottles

November 29, 2010
Just before Thanksgiving, the chemical industry squashed a bi-partisan effort to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and children's drinking cups. Really guys? Protecting kid s from toxic chemicals should be a no-brainer, right? Especially when the science is so...
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What's worse than a pile of dirty dishes?

November 26, 2010
What's stinkier than day-old-dirty dishes left over from Thanksgiving? A corporation that doesn't live up to its public promises. In 2008 Toys “R” Us publicly promised (even issuing a news release!) to reduce the use of toxic toys that contain polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC) from their...
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back down the toy aisle...

November 23, 2010
Toys "R" Us - you've been very naughty these past few years. We were esctatic back in 2008 when Toys R Us pledged to reduce the use of PVC and offer more PVC-free products. Unfortunately they haven't kept their word. That's why we and the Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs have released a new...
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Green Bean Casserole

November 19, 2010
Picture it: Thanksgiving, circa 1990. The table filled the entire room and overflowed with guests, so many that looking back all I remember is a blur of noise and food and endless pies. But in that blur, one thing stands out: green bean casserole. The white ceramic crock, crisp and brown on top...
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