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Urvashi Rangan

Director, Technical Policy

Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., is the Director, Technical Policy for Consumers Union. Dr. Rangan joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database and website for evaluating environmental labels. As one of her roles at CU today, Dr. Rangan continues to decode the meaning of eco-labels for consumers and advocates for credible labeling in the marketplace including influencing government policy decisions at the state and federal level. She also conducts research for CU around consumer expectations of sustainable products and labels. A noted environmental health scientist, Dr. Rangan has a column in Consumer Reports' ShopSmart magazine and also serves as a top spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production and consumption practices. She has a wide area of expertise including organic standards, food safety issues, environmental pollution, toxics in consumer products, and environmental health concerns and has appeared in numerous national broadcast outlets. Her expertise is called upon to respond to breaking product safety news, speak on behalf of CU investigative test stories, and to discuss production problems and consumer solutions around a wide range of sustainability topics including food safety issues, organic food, risky ingredients in personal care products, misleading labels, electronics recycling, and energy efficiency for household products. Dr. Rangan received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1995; her post-doctoral work at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute. She was an NIH fellow from 1990-97.

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Results of our tests on 24 different canned/packaged food

Here are the actual results from Consumer Reports‘ tests for BPA in 24 different canned/packaged foods.

CU’s BPA Letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg

On behalf of Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, we wish to alert you to the publication, in our December 2009 issue, of a summary of our test results of bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods. This will be publicly available on November 2, 2009. We found measurable levels of BPA in Continue Reading