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Lead in the Water

Lead is highly toxic, especially for children. Since the crisis in Flint, Michigan, many communities across the country have tested for and found lead in their drinking water - even in schools, where our children go to learn and play each day. Both state and city law require lead testing in Philadelphia schools, but the testing process has been slow and remains incomplete. Four years into the District's testing process, only 29% of public schools have been tested and the results posted publicly. And while District officials are required to post all results within 30 days, it's unclear if the information has properly been posted for public access. Still, the data that is currently available for 1,932 outlets in Philadelphia’s public schools reveals district-wide lead contamination.

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New Study: Lead contamination common in Philly school drinking water

PHILADELPHIA -- PennPIRG Education Fund, the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality (BCC) released a new report Wednesday reviewing data on self-reported samples for lead in drinking water from 65 Philadelphia public schools. Lead in the Water showed that 98% of the Philadelphia public schools tested had drinking water samples contaminated with lead, and 61% of all outlets tested across the district were tainted with lead. Outlets include water fountains, kitchen faucets, hydration stations, and classroom and bathroom sinks.

Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Lead in the Water

Lead is highly toxic, especially for children. Since the crisis in Flint, Michigan, many communities across the country have tested for and found lead in their drinking water - even in schools, where our children go to learn and play each day. Both state and city law require lead testing in Philadelphia schools, but the testing process has been slow and remains incomplete. Four years into the District's testing process, only 29% of public schools have been tested and the results posted publicly. And while District officials are required to post all results within 30 days, it's unclear if the information has properly been posted for public access. Still, the data that is currently available for 1,932 outlets in Philadelphia’s public schools reveals district-wide lead contamination.

Statement: Johnson & Johnson recalls sunscreen products after tests detect carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said Wednesday it’s voluntarily recalling all lots of five types of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen after internal testing showed “low levels of benzene” -- which can cause cancer -- in some samples. J&J also said consumers should stop using the sunscreen.

Statement: Johnson & Johnson recalls sunscreen products after tests detect carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said Wednesday it’s voluntarily recalling all lots of five types of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen after internal testing showed “low levels of benzene” -- which can cause cancer -- in some samples. J&J also said consumers should stop using the sunscreen.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: Beech-Nut to stop selling some rice cereal over arsenic concerns

Beech-Nut will stop selling all single grain rice cereal after Alaska state officials discovered high arsenic levels during routing sampling, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement released Tuesday.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: CPSC vote to regulate infant sleep products will save lives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved tough new standards Wednesday to regulate several infant sleep products for the first time.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: New FDA plan to reduce toxic metal in baby food falls short

A month after announcing a weak plan to reduce heavy metals in baby food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new plan Thursday aimed at making baby food safer over the next several years.

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

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