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Consumer and Health Groups Call on Wendy's to Cut Routine Antibiotic Use in its Beef Supply Chain

More than 60 stakeholder groups in the food, health, and consumer communities signed a letter calling on Wendy's, the third largest burger chain in the United States, to phase routine antibiotic use out of its beef supply chain. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

U.S. PIRG statement in response to Sen. McConnell introducing bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine introduced the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old. Matt Wellington, End the Nicotine Trap Campaign Director, responded with a statement. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

U.S. PIRG statement in response to lawsuit against Juul filed by North Carolina’s attorney general

U.S. PIRG statement in response to the lawsuit filed against Juul by North Carolina's attorney general. The lawsuit alleges that Juul marketed its products to youth, while downplaying both the health risks of the products and the strength of the nicotine in them. 

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health

Statement: State jury orders Bayer to pay more than $2 billion to couple in Roundup cancer case

A state jury in Oakland decided that the use of Roundup by a California couple for residential landscaping over a 30 year period was a “substantial factor” that led to them developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

Statement: California bans brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos

In a major victory for California families,state officials announced this week they will prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide linked to permanent brain damage in young children.Gov. Newsom also announced funding to help farmers transition to safer alternatives. The process is expected to take from six months to two years.

 

With this decision, California becomes the third state to ban chlorpyrifos, following Hawaii and New York. This is also the first time the Golden State canceled the registration of a currently-used pesticide.

 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

“End the Nicotine Trap” campaign urges FDA to keep e-cigarettes from kids

Given the rapid rise of e-cigarette use, commonly known as vaping, among young people the consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict youth access and appeal of these products.

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U.S. PIRG’s comment in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s Draft Guidance: “Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products”

Efforts laid out in the draft guidance are not bold enough and not quick enough. The FDA should prohibit all flavored e-cigarettes, and other flavored tobacco products, and remove e-cigarettes without premarket approval from the market until they undergo the legally required public health review. 

End the Nicotine Trap

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared e-cigarette use, commonly known as vaping, among young people an epidemic due to its popularity and health risks. One in 5 high schoolers reported vaping in 2018, a nearly 80 percent increase in one year. An entire generation is at risk of nicotine addiction, and millions of kids are already hooked on nicotine with serious implications for their health and future.

That’s why we’re working to end the nicotine trap now.

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