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'Cancer-linked' chemicals in Chipotle, Sweetgreen packaging? There's more to know, experts say

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Everything about your burrito bowl from Chipotle or your salad from Sweetgreen seems earthy and health-conscious, right down to the packaging. 

But harmful chemicals may be lurking in those eco-friendly containers.

A story published last week by the New Food Economy, a non-profit newsroom that investigates food-related issues, reported the “cancer-linked” presence of PFAS, also called “forever chemicals,” in the fiber bowls used at fast casual dining spots and other restaurants including Chipotle, Sweetgreen, Dig Inn and other locations in New York City.

The chemicals are being investigated by scientists and government officials amid concerns over links to cancer, obesity, reproductive health problems, immunotoxicity and other health problems. PFAS have been used in consumer goods since the 1940s, according to the Food and Drug Administration. They’ve also been found in water

The methodology used in the report has been questioned by the Foodservice Packaging Institute, a trade group that claims the report’s chemical indicators may not always prove accurate. And Chipotle contended its fiber bowls are safe and compliant with Food and Drug Administration rules in a statement to USA TODAY.

But the potential presence of PFAS is worrisome for health and environmental concerns, according to researchers.

Why ‘forever chemicals’ don’t go away

PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is a family of man-made chemicals that contain carbon-fluorine bonds. The bonds don’t break down easily, which is why PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals.” 

They have been used in the production of common goods since the 1940s, according to the FDA.

And PFAS are everywhere: Drinking water, food, cookware, paints, water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products, firefighting foams and more.

Because it doesn’t break down, PFAS remain present in our groundwater, soil and in human and animal bloodstreams, the FDA said in a statement.

While there is evidence that PFAS are present in many other areas of our world, people have had a strong reaction to the news about it being a part of packaging, said Caroline Cox, senior scientist at the Center for Environmental Health.

“I think people are often concerned about contaminants in their food – it’s such a direct exposure,” Cox told USA TODAY.

Bowls made out of waste fibers—such as wood waste and sugar cane— are made with compostability in mind. And using waste to create new disposable packaging feels like a better choice than using new plastic, Cox said.

“In order to make those dishes water and grease proof, what they did was add these PFAS chemicals to provide those functions,” Cox said.

And when those bowls break down, after being in contact with food we eat, the chemicals end up in the compost, Cox said.

Lisa Marchewka is vice president of strategy at Evoqua Water Technologies, which sometimes works to remove PFAS from water. She told USA TODAY that the chemicals are even in living organisms that we eat like fish and meat.

There are nearly 5,000 chemicals in the PFAS group. Only a handful have been studied for toxicity, and the results are “very concerning,” said Cox.

According to Marchewka, PFAS tend to move “through the entire ecosystem.” Because such a chemical may not biodegrade, “it works its way through the entire life-cycle of anything it touches,” she said.

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Should I be concerned about these containers? 

In its statement to USA TODAY, Chipotle said that it is committed “to using safe and sustainable food packaging and only partner with suppliers who make fluorochemical sciences and food safety a top priority.”

Chipotle’s suppliers operate under FDA guidelines and certify that all raw materials and the finished pulp products meet regulatory standards, the chain said. 

Sweetgreen and Dig Inn did not respond to requests for comment from USA TODAY.

Laura Abshire, director of food and sustainability policy at the National Restaurant Association, said that restaurants work with suppliers to ensure all packaging meets those FDA requirements.

“The Food and Drug Administration approves substances for food contact when scientific data demonstrates that substance is safe for its intended use,” Abshire said.

In spite of accordance with FDA regulations, scientists are still worried about health impacts.

“There is research that shows that PFAS chemicals migrate from the dish into the food so that you are likely eating them,” Cox said. She recommends people make an effort to bring their own reusable containers for the restaurant to use.

What does the FDA say?

While there has been growing concern about PFAS, its effects are still under investigation by scientists and the government.

In a June 11 statement, the FDA said it did not detect PFAS in the vast majority of foods tested in a study on foods and food packaging,

“Based on the best available current science, the FDA does not have any indication that these substances are a human health concern, in other words a food safety risk in human food, at the levels found in this limited sampling,” the agency said.

Current evidence suggests accumulation in the human body of some PFAS could cause serious health conditions, according to the FDA. Their team, along with other national and local agencies, will continue to test and research.

The decline of use of PFAS in newer products is helping to stop the accumulation of PFAS in humans in the United States, the FDA said.

The science surrounding the health effects of PFAS is still murky.

“It’s because there’s a lot of data gaps in terms of the information about the toxicity and what amounts are toxic and stuff like that,” Cox said. “It’s hard to know exactly how big of a problem it is.”

The Foodservice Packaging Institute noted in its release that not all PFAS chemicals are the same, and they shouldn’t be treated like they are. 

“Therefore, calls to remove the entire class of these beneficial chemicals are unfounded,” the group said.

Follow Morgan Hines on Twitter: @MorganEmHines.

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Tom Brady having hard time adjusting to new helmet: ‘I don’t really love that one that I’m in’

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Tom Brady does not appear to be a fan of his new helmet either.

The six-time Super Bowl champion said in an interview with WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show” that he is still trying to get adjusted to wearing his new helmet.

Brady’s old helmet, the Riddell VSR-4, was banned by the NFL this year as part of an initiative to enhance players’ safety.

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Brady did not go as far to threaten to leave football altogether – like Antonio Brown has – if he didn’t get to wear his old helmet, but he conveyed that he was still getting used to the new equipment.

“I’ve been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don’t really love the one that I’m in, but I don’t really have much of a choice,” Brady said Monday. “So I’m just trying to do the best I can to work with it.”

The New England Patriots quarterback added: “You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf. It’s kind of what I’m dealing with.”

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The NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association policy according to which helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified.

Brady was one of 32 players using helmets last season that are now banned by the league and players’ association. The players were able to use the helmets last season under a grace period but will have to make the change this season.

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Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown lost a grievance Monday in his fight to wear his old helmet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NASA finds evidence of ‘interplanetary shock’ for first time

NASA has captured a phenomenon in space that has eluded humanity for centuries — an “interplanetary shock.”

Four spacecraft from the space agency, which are part of the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) that launched in 2015, managed to get a view of the event in January 2018. The craft were just 12 miles away from one another, which made seeing the spectacle possible.

“MMS was able to measure the shock thanks to its unprecedentedly fast and high-resolution instruments. One of the instruments aboard MMS is the Fast Plasma Investigation,” the space agency said in a statement on its website. “This suite of instruments can measure ions and electrons around the spacecraft at up to 6 times per second. Since the speeding shock waves can pass the spacecraft in just half a second, this high-speed sampling is essential to catching the shock.”

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Data from the Fast Plasma Investigation aboard MMS shows the shock and reflected ions as they washed over MMS. The colors represent the amount of ions seen with warmer colors indicating higher numbers of ions. The reflected ions (yellow band that appears just above the middle of the figure) show up midway through the animation, and can be seen increasing in intensity (warmer colors) as they pass MMS, shown as a white dot. (Credit: Ian Cohen)

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NASA continued: “Looking at the data from Jan. 8, the scientists noticed a clump of ions from the solar wind. Shortly after, they saw a second clump of ions, created by ions already in the area that had bounced off the shock as it passed by. Analyzing this second population, the scientists found evidence to support a theory of energy transfer first posed in the 1980s.”

An interplanetary shock, which emanates from the Sun, is a type of “collisionless shock,” where particles transfer energy through electromagnetic fields as opposed to bouncing into one another, NASA added.

“These collisionless shocks are a phenomenon found throughout the universe, including in supernovae, black holes and distant stars. MMS studies collisionless shocks around Earth to gain a greater understanding of shocks across the universe,” the space agency continued.

The researchers behind the observation hope that additional instances are spotted by the MMS that will give them more detailed looks at these interplanetary shocks.

NASA has released a video describing the charged particles, also known as the solar wind, in greater detail.

The research describing the find was published in the journal JGR Space Physics.

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Virginia ABC Exceeds $1 Billion in Total Revenue

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“Virginia ABC benefits all Virginians, regardless of whether they shop in any of our 380 stores,” said Board Chairman Jeff Painter. “We provide valuable education and prevention curriculum for all ages including programs geared to young children and teens to prevent underage alcohol use. Additionally, our special agents are extensively trained in the complexities of ABC law and regulations, enabling them to work directly with approximately 19,000 business partners that sell and serve alcohol to ensure compliance with alcoholic beverage control laws and reduce criminal activities involving alcohol.”

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Oakland Raiders’ Antonio Brown loses grievance over older helmet, looking to get back on field

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Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL in his battle to use a helmet that is no longer certified for practices or games.

An arbitrator made the ruling on Monday after holding a hearing with Brown, league representatives and the players’ union. Brown reportedly threatened to stop playing if he wasn’t allowed to use his old helmet.

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“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown said in a tweet. “I’m excited about this season [and] appreciate all the concerns about my feet.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy had issued a statement on the situation earlier Monday without mentioning Brown’s grievance.

“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” he tweeted. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. Nfl policy is that Helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s old than 10 years.”

Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association policy, according to which helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified. Schutt discontinued making the helmet three years ago because of the updated technology.

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Brown has not practiced because of foot issues. He reportedly suffered frostbite after a mishap at a cryotherapy chamber.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump calls Chris Cuomo 'Fredo' after CNN anchor's NSFW rant at heckler: 'Low ratings'

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After a video surfaced that showed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo threatening a heckler over being called “Fredo,” President Donald Trump took a swipe at the journalist.  

The president tweeted Tuesday morning that he thought “Chris was Fredo also.”

“The truth hurts,” he added. “Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN”

Meanwhile Fox News host Sean Hannity, whose show airs at the same time as Cuomo’s, backed the media personality. 

“I say good for @ChrisCuomo,” Hannity tweeted. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. (In my honest opinion) Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”

Original story: CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after NSFW exchange with a heckler who called him ‘Fredo’

The “Cuomo Prime Time” host, 49, was captured during a heated exchange with an unidentified man who called him “Fredo,” which Cuomo called a racist slur toward Italians, comparing it to the N-word.

“Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” the television host said during the NSFW video that was shared on Twitter. 

In the video, Cuomo explained that the “disparaging” term is from the 1972 film “The Godfather,” referring to Fredo Corleone, who Cuomo said is “a weak brother.”

As the conversation escalated, Cuomo added: “I’ll (expletive) ruin your (expletive). I’ll (expletive) throw you down these stairs like a (expletive) punk … you’re gonna call me Fredo, take a (expletive) swing?”

Discussion on social media has since turned into debates and jokes over whether or not the term should be considered a slur. 

Trump’s 2020 Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh criticized CNN for calling the term “an ‘ethnic slur’ when ‘Fredo’ is a common term even used on Cuomo’s own show without pause,” referring to a January clip of commentator Ana Navarro using the word on Cuomo’s show. 

“Calling an Italian man Fredo perpetuates cruel, unfair stereotypes, and if you ever do it my cousins and I will show up to your house in track suits and smash your car windows,” joked reporter CJ Ciaramella. 

“The nonsense about #Cuomo and #Fredo shouldn’t obscure the fact that #Trump is dismantling all that – ironically – made America great, polarizing the country to a disastrous degree, and decaying civility and democracy,” tweeted columnist Michael Coren. “People fiddle while the US burns.”

Don Lemon: doubles down despite backlash from Trump, calls president’s remarks racist

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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U.S. Fencer Reveals Mom’s Inspiration For Anti-Trump Podium Protest

U.S. fencer Race Imboden has revealed the inspirational role his mother played in his decision to protest President Donald Trump by taking a knee during a medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Friday.

On Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Imboden recalled reading a social media post from his mom saying that “it’s time to use your voice” right before walking to the podium as part of the gold medal-winning foil team.

“And I couldn’t think of a better time to use my voice than when I had just succeeded and won a competition and was at a moment that really for me is the pinnacle for my happiness,” the 26-year-old told host Don Lemon.

Imboden’s mother was “proud” of what he did, he added, although now “a little nervous and definitely a little worried.”

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Imboden tweeted Friday that his pride in representing Team USA had been “cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart.”

“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” he wrote. “I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”

This month’s mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, had also prompted him to protest, he told Lemon. “I just think seeing that kind of violence happen in a country that you love and that you represent, it’s difficult to swallow.”

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is investigating Imboden’s protest.

Not competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would be terrible, he added, but “it feels to me like something bigger than me, to stand up for people who don’t have voices.”

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Families Affected By Mississippi ICE Raids Scramble To Find Support

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The Mississippi ICE raids swept up nearly 700 undocumented workers from several food processing plants last week. Among those stripped away from their jobs and arrested was Angel Lopez’s father.

“These past few days have just been hard because I’ve had to stay strong for my family,” he says.

The 15-year-old and his two younger brothers were all born in the U.S. Their parents entered the country illegally from Guatemala 18 years ago and settled in Mississippi.

Since their father’s arrest, the Lopez family has not been able to get in contact with him. The only information received are vague whereabouts, such as he’s in Louisiana.

“I’ve just been mad about the whole thing really,” Lopez says. “Cause the El Paso shooting had just happened a week ago and then why would you give an order like that for the raids that just happened like that? When people are still grieving?”

Federal authorities say these arrests shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Department of Homeland Security says the operation had been anticipated for months, the timing is just unfortunate.

Mike Hurst, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi., says the raids are meant to enforce law and order.

“While we do welcome folks from other countries, they have to follow our laws,” he says. “They have to abide by our rules. They have to come here legally or they shouldn’t come here at all.”

He warns that employers who “use illegal aliens for a competitive advantage or to make a quick buck — if we find that you have violated federal criminal law, we are coming after you.”

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In light of the number of families affected by the raids, St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Carthage has opened its doors to people in need of legal advice, hot meals or counseling lead by a social worker or child psychologist. Lopez’s family, fearing their father’s deportation, has looked to the church for guidance and support.

“My mom doesn’t know what to do at this point because my dad was the one bringing in everything for us,” Lopez says. “And seeing the way things are now, she’s confused of what to do. Because she has to take care of her autistic son. And she has to provide for me and my brother.”

Inside, the church is noticeably more empty than usual.

Father Odel Medina estimates at least 100 families from the 800-person parish are being affected. Some members are back after being released, others, however, still have not been heard from.

“The system sees numbers,” Medina says. “I know the people by name. I know that they are hard workers, they are people of faith, they are family people, community people. They were not at Walmart killing somebody else, they were working.”

Evelyn is a 20-year-old born in Miss. to parents who are originally from Guatemala. She asked not to disclose her last name because her father was also arrested. Her already traumatized family fears they may face further repercussions.

Evelyn describes a community left battling paranoia.

“[This] has everybody worried and scared because now they don’t want to come out the house. They don’t want to go get anything now, even go to the store,” Evelyn says.

Her 10-year-old brother, Darby, was coming home during his first week back to school. He fights back tears while explaining how he discovered that his father wasn’t home.

“And it was like the second day … and I came back because I was knocking on the door. Nobody answered.”

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Darby eventually found his mother hiding inside a car with other relatives. She had been running late for work and therefore avoided an arrest. Now she’s afraid of returning back to her job.

Evelyn says it took them days to find out her dad is being held in a detention center located in Natchez, Miss., only three hours away from Carthage.

Her family has also come to the church to seek answers from lawyers, who have organized across several towns hit by the ICE raids, setting up makeshift legal clinics.

Attorney Amelia McGowan with the Miss. Center for Justice says in general, there are few immigration lawyers practicing in Miss. who will work for free. But after news hit about the ICE raids, several hundred lawyers around the country signed up to help the state’s devastated families.

“Many of these cases are going to be very long,” she says. They might take years to finish. And so we want to make sure that we have a sustainable network in place to really support people through the entire process.”

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Trump just gutted the law that saved American bald eagles from extinction

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The Trump administration today announced sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, rolling back protections for animals in favor of corporations that want to build luxury condos, mine, drill for oil, harvest timber, or otherwise develop the land that animals live on.

Under the revisions to the act, regulators will now be allowed to weigh “economic factors” when considering whether animals and their habitats deserve protection, the New York Times reports. Such considerations had been prohibited since the law was passed, in 1973; instead, determinations had to be made based solely on science. The changes essentially make it easier for corporations to argue that their economic interests are more important than animal habitats. The bill’s language has also been edited to allow regulators to disregard the impact of climate change.

Because of course they did. Emphasis added.

“Sure, fuck the future, there’s still oil in the ground.” – GOP

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