5@5: Scientists and doctors call for action against toxic chemicals | Vermont's big day arrives

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Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

A call for action on toxic chemicals

Leading scientists, doctors and health advocates are on board with Project Tendr (Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopmental Risks), an effort to show that toxic chemicals including phthalates, which are used in personal care products and food packaging, pose a threat to neurodevelopment for babies. The group wants to shift the burden of proof around the safety of these chemicals from the science and medical community to the chemical industry. Read more at The New York Times...


Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes first state to label GMOs

Natural food stores were prepared as the state's mandatory on-package GMO labeling law went into effect Friday. But they're frustrated that everything could change if a bill that's currently moving through the Senate passes. Read more at The Washington Post...

Top science groups tell climate change doubters in Congress to knock it off

More than 30 science societies, led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, continued their efforts to urge lawmakers to act on climate change by sending a letter to Congress. A similar letter was sent in 2009 but with fewer supporters. Read more at The Washington Post...


Hershey rejects $23 billion Mondelez takeover offer

An attempt to create the world's largest confectioner has not been successful. "The board of directors of the company unanimously rejected the indication of interest and determined that it provided no basis for further discussion between Mondelez and the company," Hershey said in a statement. Read more at Reuters...


Emails between Coca-Cola industry advocate and CDC director point to possible political sway

Emails uncovered by U.S. Right to Know allegedly show the director of the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Dr. Barbara Bowman, helping a former Coke executive cultivate relationships with World Health Organization leaders. Read more at Philly Voice...

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