THE WHAT? The Environmental Working Group has issued a statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of Dr Robert Califf to be the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
THE DETAILS Califf served in the role during the last year of the Obama presidency and was instrumental in pushing forward initiatives designed to protect consumers from unsafe chemicals in products.
THE WHY? Scott Faber, EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, said, “EWG applauds President Biden for nominating Robert Califf as the next commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration. During his previous tenure as the head of FDA, Dr Califf demonstrated his understanding of the risks that toxic chemicals in personal products, sunscreens and food packaging pose to our health.
“We urge Dr Califf, if confirmed by the Senate, to immediately ban the use of the ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS in food packaging and cosmetics, set tough standards for toxic metals in baby food, quickly ban the use of formaldehyde in hair-straightening products, require companies to test their talc-based cosmetics for asbestos, and expedite the agency’s review of chemicals like oxybenzone in sunscreens.”