Environmental Working Group (EWG) : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:


Science "At EWG, our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions."


What They're Not Telling You

EWG's claims about threats to public health don't go unchallenged. In 2003, the Consumer Products Safety Commission rejected a petition from EWG asking that the agency require warning labels on Teflon cookware.

In 2006, FDA rejected a petition from EWG concerning the safety of grease-resistant paper products. A May 2009 survey by the Center for Health and Risk Communications found that 79% of toxicologists believe that EWG exaggerates the health risk from chemicals.

The Tough Questions:
If so many of EWGs efforts are rejected by regulators and hundreds of scientists from the Society of Toxicology insist that EWG is overstating the health risks they study, why are journalists citing EWG as a credible source?