Top Public Health Stories of the Week

Posted on June 1, 2010

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Here are the top public health stories that the Mayor’s Health Line was following this week!

‘Dirty Dozen’ Produce Carries More Pesticide Residue, Group Says
CNN, Danielle Dellorto, 06/01/2010
If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

The Plastic Panic: How Worried Should We Be About Everyday Chemicals?
The New Yorker, Jerome Groopman, 05/31/2010
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, may be among the world’s most vilified chemicals. The compound, used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, is found in plastic goggles, face shields, and helmets; baby bottles; protective coatings inside metal food containers; and composites and sealants used in dentistry.

The Hard Sell on Salt
The New York Times, Michael Moss, 05/29/2010
With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food giant Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,” Alton Brown, a Food Network star, gushes in a Cargill video called Salt 101. “So make sure you have plenty of salt in your kitchen at all times.”

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