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  • Trending – Aflatoxins

    Published on September 13, 2021
    We periodically see pet food recalled for aflatoxin contamination. In this post, we look at aflatoxin contamination and put it into context.

  • Trending – Chlorpyrifos

    Published on August 30, 2021
    Recently, U.S. federal regulators banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural use. In this post, we take a look at this chemical and explain what this means.

  • Director's Message August

    Published on August 23, 2021
    As we embark on a new academic year at Michigan State University, I wanted to reach out and update you on the great work we're undertaking at CRIS.

  • Hand Sanitizer – Overview

    Published on August 16, 2021
    As we head back to work and school, many of us are restocking on hand sanitizers. In this post, we take a look at hand sanitizer ingredients so you can make the best choice for yourself and your family.

  • Fragrances – Overview

    Published on August 9, 2021
    In this series, we look at the fragrances we encounter in our everyday lives. In this post, we take a general look at fragrances.

  • Insect Repellent – DEET

    Published on August 2, 2021
    In our last post, we looked at insect repellents available to us. We established that EPA-registered products are known to be the most effective. In this post, we look at one of the most commonly used EPA-registered insect repellent ingredients: DEET

  • Insect Repellent – An Overview

    Published on July 26, 2021
    As bugs swarm in some parts of the world, we look at bug repellents that can help protect us from biting insects.

  • Packaging – Active Biofilms, Biofilms, And Films

    Published on July 12, 2021
    In this series, we're exploring packaging ingredients. In this post, we'll take a look at terms that will help us better understand packaging ingredients and emerging packaging technology: active biofilms, biofilms, and films.

  • Packaging – Plant-based Plastics

    Published on June 28, 2021
    In this series, we explore packaging ingredients. This post looks at plant-based plastics poised to replace some of the petroleum-based plastic packaging products.

  • Packaging – Plastic Wrap

    Published on June 21, 2021
    In this series, we explore packaging ingredients. In this post, we look at the main ingredients that make up the food-safe plastic wrap we use at home.

  • Food, Medicine, & Cosmetic Packaging – Overview

    Published on June 14, 2021
    We’re all familiar with packaging. In this series, we explore the packaging used on our food, medicine & cosmetic items. In this post, we take an overview of packaging and ingredients that come into contact with products we use and consume daily.

  • Trending – Alpha-hydroxy acids

    Published on June 7, 2021
    We find alpha-hydroxy acids ingredients in many popular cosmetic products, and it continues to be a popular ingredient topic on social media. In this post, we explore alpha-hydroxy acids and what it means for you.

  • Trending – Polyvinyl Alcohol

    Published on May 24, 2021
    Whether we're doing laundry or running a dishwasher, most of us are familiar with detergent products that come in a pod. In this post, we'll look at the material used to make these pods, polyvinyl alcohol.

  • Trending – Mung Bean Protein

    Published on May 17, 2021
    In our last posts, we looked at soybean proteins and potato proteins used in alternative meats. In this post, we take a look at mung bean protein.

  • Trending – Potato Protein

    Published on May 10, 2021
    In our last post, we looked at soybean proteins used in artificial meats. However, there are more than one or two vegetable-based proteins used to create synthetic meat products. In this post, we take a look at potato protein.

  • Trending – Soy Protein

    Published on May 3, 2021
    Veggie burgers and meat alternatives continue to hit the market. In this post, we look at another ingredient commonly found in these products, soy protein

  • Exploring Ingredients – Occlusives & Emollients

    Published on April 26, 2021
    In our last post, we broke down lotion ingredients. In this post, we look at two types of cosmetic ingredients: occlusives and emollients.

  • Exploring Product Ingredients – Lotions

    Published on April 19, 2021
    In this post, we break down the ingredient labels on four lotions to show the ingredients' most common purpose in the formulation.

  • Chemophobia – Fearing Chemicals

    Published on April 12, 2021
    When it comes to chemicals, it can be hard to untangle the facts from the fear (some of it's necessary fear). In this post we explore chemophobia.

  • Cosmetics – Labeling

    Published on April 5, 2021
    Most of us use cosmetics daily. In this post, we look at cosmetic product labeling and how we can make informed choices by reading and understanding our products' packaging.