ARSENIC IN YOUR FOOD: A CONVERSATION WITH CONSUMER REPORTS

Consumer Reports invites you to a dialogue about how arsenic gets into your food and what can be done to protect your health

Wednesday, October 3rd
5:30pm-8:30pm
Audience Questions and Cocktail Reception to Follow 

Presenting a multi-perspective expert roundtable moderated by Dr. Urvashi Rangan, the Director of Consumer Reports' Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group and featuring: 

Location:

3 West Club (map)
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Solarium 

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Information on Speakers:

Dr. Michael R. Harbut, Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and head of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Environmental Cancer Program
Dr. Mike Harbut is one of the country's premier experts on training primary care physicians to accurately identify and diagnose cancers and other serious illnesses resulting from exposure to arsenic, radon and asbestos, three of his state’s most frequently encountered carcinogens.  

Dr. Keeve Nachman, Farming for the Future Program Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Dr. Keeve Nachman's work has focused on the human health risks from arsenic in poultry waste. He recently published two ground-breaking studies that found residues of caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and arsenic in poultry by-products that are routinely fed to chickens, pigs, cattle and fish.  

Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food and Water Watch
Patty Lovera coordinates Food and Water Watch's food policy work. Food & Water Watch was one of the first public interest groups to raise the issue of arsenic in the food supply, urging the government in the summer of 2011 to investigate arsenic levels in apple juice.  

Jay Highman, President and CEO, Nature's One
Jay Highman is the CEO of Nature's One, which offers among other products, organic baby formulas. Through a combination of changing his sourcing and a filtration system, two of his dairy formulas now have undetected levels of inorganic arsenic, according to Consumer Reports testing, showing it is feasible for companies to get to far lower levels of arsenic.  

Laurie Meadoff, CEO, Cancer Schmancer
Laurie Meadoff is the CEO of Cancer Schmancer, the organization founded by cancer survivor and actress Fran Drescher, which focuses on education, prevention and early detection through innovative initiatives like TRASH CANCER parties that help people detox their homes and remove potentially dangerous carcinogens like arsenic.

Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group at Consumer Reports
Dr. Rangan underwrites all of the organization's scientific risk assessments related to food and product safety, which she translates into actionable recommendations for both lawmakers and consumers. She recently led studies of arsenic in apple juice and rice and is a national expert on labels.