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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

July 2013

The Consumer’s Scientist


Urvashi Rangan, PhD, leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Urvashi earned her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1995. Since 1999, she has worked for Consumer Reports where she developed the ratings system, database, and website for evaluating environmental and food labels. In 2005, she managed the launch of, which covers green aspects over a wide range of products and services.


Urvashi serves as a national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards. She appears frequently on the national evening and morning news programs and is interviewed for dozens of national print media every year. She has testified before Congress, regulatory agencies, and state legislatures on issues ranging from bisphenol A and the organic label to green-washing and clean-product ingredient disclosure. In 2011, she helped lead a decisive victory in a widely publicized debate on the benefits of organic production.  She was part of the team that worked on the Sigma Delta Chi award-winning food and supplement magazine reports, highlighting public health concerns. She was also one of the chief architects of two high profile food stories-- arsenic and lead in juice, and the arsenic in rice studies that contributed to lawmakers introducing legislation limiting kids’ exposure to these heavy metals, the FDA release of their own rice and arsenic data and other efforts to set a standard for arsenic in high risk foods .

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