Center for Science in the Public Interest

Food chemical safety—brought to you by McDonald’s?

When it comes to safeguarding your family from dangerous chemicals, the Trump administration evidently thinks it is just fine to nominate a scientist who took money from Big Food for decades while pushing for less protective chemical safety standards.

Michael Dourson, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, led a group of consultants who argued for weaker protections on food chemicals, from pesticides to perchlorate.

For example, Dourson reviewed the safety of acrylamide, a carcinogen that is a natural contaminant in french fries, potato chips, and other foods, on behalf of McDonald’s, Burger King, Frito-Lay, and others. Dourson’s proposal for a standard was 10 times less protective of the public's health than the one developed by the EPA.

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