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Sleuthy consumer uncovers sneaky fish marketing

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Customers at the fish counter are on high alert since the latest issue of Consumer Reports hit the shelves featuring the article ‘Mystery Fish’ in which our lab tests show that about 22% of the time we’re not getting the fish we’re paying for. After reading the piece, one gentleman took it upon himself to alert Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Food Labeling, Food Safety | No Comments »

Eat Their Words: Podcast and Video

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As part of the celebrations for Consumer Reports’ 75th anniversary, we hosted a panel discussion at Grand Central Station with three fantastic food safety experts. The event,  “Eat Their Words: The Role of the Media in Keeping our Food Safe,” was held on October 28th and featured three well-known faces in the food safety sphere:  Continue Reading

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A Victory for Safer Toys & Cribs

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Toys and other children’s products should be tested for safety before they reach store shelves and kids’ hands, according to a vote Wednesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement new safety testing rules. “People might assume independent safety tests were already required for toys. But the reality is, too often, dangerous toys aren’t Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Children’s Products, Product Safety | 1 Comment »

US considers BPA ban for some products; France says no more BPA, period

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The wheels are in motion at the FDA to begin review of last week’s unexpected request from the American Chemistry Council, the industry group which represents the manufacturers of the known endocrine disruptor BPA.   Their petition urges the agency to change regulations and no longer allow BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Bisphenol A (BPA), FDA, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Chemical companies tell the FDA: “No more BPA in baby bottles”

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In an unexpected move today, chemical companies filed a request asking the FDA to change regulations that currently allow BPA to be used in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy cups for young children. The industry says BPA hasn’t been used in the manufacture of these products in several years, and that their request Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Bisphenol A (BPA), FDA, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

A host of victories for California consumers

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Consumers Union applauds California lawmakers and the Governor for passing into law several bills that will help protect consumers from dangerous and deceptive products, and improve ways to access affordable, quality health care in the state. As important, we applaud you for helping us get them passed! •    Protecting kids from BPA:  California is now Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Bisphenol A (BPA), Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

What are they pumping into your chicken?

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Chicken companies are pulling a fast one on consumers.  In a common practice the industry likes to call ‘enhancing’ or ‘plumping’, chicken is injected with water, salt and other additives to help it stay juicier and more flavorful.   The package may tell you the chicken is “enhanced with chicken broth” – but what’s actually in Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Meat without Drugs | 4 Comments »

‘Corn sugar’ in the crosshairs of FDA, sugar makers (and the public at large)

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The makers of high-fructose corn syrup (or ‘corn sugar’, as they’d have us call it) are scrambling around on the defense – and with good reason.   First came the attacks from the American public, who began pointing a finger at the ubiquitous sweeter as the cause of our ever-increasing waistlines, accompanied by epidemic proportions of Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in FDA, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Death toll climbs to 8 from Listeria-tainted Colorado cantaloupes, number likely to rise

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Listeria-tainted cantaloupe from Colorado is now being blamed for 8 deaths and 55 illnesses across 14 states, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which expects numbers to continue to rise. The outbreak is concentrated in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico and Oklahoma, although cases of infection have been confirmed from California to Maryland.  Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in FDA, Listeria, Meat without Drugs, Salmonella, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

New website helps consumers search for & report dangerous products – and you will want to see this

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Window curtains with chemical odors that consumers say cause nausea and headaches.  Dishwashers that are reported to smoke and catch on fire.  Bursting toy balls that parents say cause chemical burns in their children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) product safety database at www.saferproducts.gov contains these and other reports from consumers of products Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Product Safety, Recalls | 6 Comments »
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