Defending Science News

Early Reviews Praise Doubt is Their Product

March 31 - Two early reviews of Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health praise the book for showing how manufactured uncertainty harms health and the environment.

Public Health Reports Webcast Features David Michaels on Beryllium

February 4 - Public Health Reports' February webcast featured SKAPP's David Michaels discussing his article (co-authored with Celeste Monforton) about OSHA's failure to update its beryllium standard.

Scholars Explore Litigation and Regulatory Science

January 4 - Papers delivered at SKAPP’s third Coronado Conference have just been published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

SKAPP Authors Tell Inside Story of Beryllium Regulation

December 18 - In a new article in Public Health Reports, David Michaels and Celeste Monforton explain how the beryllium industry fought efforts to strengthen OSHA's inadequate and outdated beryllium workplace exposure standard.

Susan Wood Calls for Restoration of Scientific Integrity at Health Agencies

December 17 - In a Boston Globe op-ed, Susan Wood warns that the Bush administration is neglecting the health needs of millions of Americans by leaving key health-agency leadership positions vacant for too long or filling them with individuals who advance an ideological agenda and show a disregard for scientific integrity.

Congresswoman DeLauro Speaks on FDA’s Future

October 3 - Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro delivered a policy address on the future of the FDA in which she announced legislation to prioritize food safety within the federal government.

House Passes Diacetyl Legislation

September 26 - By a vote of 260 to 154, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act, which requires OSHA to set a standard to protect workers from diacetyl.

Unions & Scientists Renew Call for OSHA Action on Diacetyl

September 7 - More than a year after they first called on OSHA to issue an emergency standard to protect workers from exposure to the butter-flavoring chemical diacetyl, unions and leading occupational health physicians wrote to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to highlight new scientific information and renew their call for urgent OSHA action to protect workers in the snack food and flavorings industries.

SKAPP Faults FDA Response to Consumer Diacetyl Case

September 4 - A respected doctor has notified FDA and other agencies of a case of bronchiolitis obliterans in a patient whose only known exposure to diacetyl was through heavy microwave popcorn consumption. The inadequate agency response indicates a disturbing decline in the system that should be protecting public health.

Susan Wood and David Michaels Call for Changes at FDA

August 1 - In a Boston Globe op-ed, Susan Wood and David Michaels call on Congress to improve the FDA's transparency and focus on safety.