- In 2014, the EWG combined forces with Healthy Child Healthy World.
- Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) was founded by Nancy and James Chuda in 1992 after the loss of their daughter to a rare form of cancer, Wilms’ tumor. After years of grief, research and testing, the Chuda's linked their daughter’s fatal cancer to hazards in the environment, specifically to fetal exposure to pesticides while in utero. Here is the research they saw that connected the dots.
- Today HCHW offers parents information, advice and advocacy for creating healthier toxin-free homes on its website.
- NSF International was founded in 1944 from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), with a mission to advance public health and safety through standards, testing and verification. The global organization is one of the oldest and most established, with thousands of employees including microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, engineers and environmental and public health professionals.
RESOURCE: The National Sanitation Foundation International’s website can be found here and should NOT be confused with the National Science Foundation of the U.S. government.
- In its early days, the NSF focused mainly on water quality, food safety and indoor environmental safety (e.g., pipes, appliances). In 1952, it created the National Sanitation Foundation Testing Laboratory and the Food Equipment Program, resulting in the introduction of the first food equipment standards (NSF Standards 1 and 2).
- Fifty years later, in 2002, the NSF launched a dietary supplement Good Manufacturing Practices registration program, referred to as GMP.
- In 2003, the NSF developed the first American National Standard for Dietary Supplements.
- Another sign of the times marking the growing consumer and regulatory concerns regarding the authenticity of food, natural product and dietary supplement ingredients is the fact that the NSF—which has made many acquisitions over its 72-year history—made its latest one focused on the trust and integrity of unregulated products and newer product claims like “natural,” “GMO-free” and the like:
“On January 6th 2016, NSF announced the acquisition of a laboratory specializing in cutting-edge, next-generation DNA-testing technologies for dietary supplement, botanicals, and natural product and food clients. AuthenTechnologies®’ next-generation DNA sequencing can successfully identify materials consisting of a single species or a mixture of many species, as well as screen for GMOs, allergens, fillers and filth for a range of leading natural and consumer product companies.”
RESOURCE: The NSF has consumer resources in the form of articles, surveys, infographics, newsletters and a certified products database that can be found here. Such articles include (with links):
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