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Toxics Free Maryland

We are constantly exposed to toxic chemicals in our food, drinking water, and consumer products. Yet very few chemicals have been tested for safety by the government before they are put into toys our children play with, health and beauty products we apply to our skin, and furniture we bring into our homes. We are constantly exposed to chemicals that haven’t been proven safe—and these exposures add up over time.

Testimony: It's time to ban chlorpyrifos

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Here is our testimony on HB275/SB270 to ban the insecticide chlorpyrifos in Maryland.

Dozens of people have died. Yet in January, Home Depot was still selling the products that led to their deaths.

Unsafe food recalls in the U.S. are trending the wrong way. From 2013 to 2017, they rose 10 percent overall, and a whopping 83 percent for the most hazardous meat and poultry recalls.

Testimony: It's time to ban deadly paintstrippers

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

The chemicals methylene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), used in paint and coating removal, are not only linked to negative health impacts, they have also caused immediate death, including 3 known deaths in MarylandThese chemicals need to be banned immediately.

News Release | Public Health

Maryland Department of Agriculture Enacts Weak Antibiotics Regulations

Annapolis, Md – Public health advocates are crying foul over the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) long-awaited regulations to implement the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017. That year, the Maryland General Assembly passed the bill to help curb the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria by eliminating routine use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry that aren’t sick. 

Out of the 40 largest retailers in North America, 19 lack any public policy to address toxic chemicals in the products found on their shelves.

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