Consumer Protection

Protecting Washingtonians from toxic chemicals

Despite a variety of safer alternatives, toxic flame retardants are still used in many products. Thanks to the support of members like you, WashPIRG helped pass a bill through both houses of the legislature to ban five toxic flame retardants in the state. It also gives the Washington Department of Health the authority to ban other harmful flame retardants used in furniture and children’s products.

Nearly 70 percent of surveyed retailers showed improvement in their chemical safety programs over the last five years.

We can't let this chance to restore vital consumer protections slip through our fingers.

FDA takes delayed action on toxic hand sanitizers

By | Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

After 20 deaths and numerous cases of blindness and other injuries and illnesses last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in February for all alcohol-based hand sanitizers imported from Mexico.

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