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Cub Scout recognition badge gets demerits for lead

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: The manufacturer of 1.6 million kits issued to Cub Scouts over the past seven years has recalled a recognition badge because it contains high levels of lead, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The badge was sold at Boy Scouts of America retail outlets nationwide from January 2000 Continue Reading

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The not so simple Simplicity crib recall

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: On Sept. 21, we wrote about the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall of 1 million Simplicity cribs because of a design flaw that could lead to an infant’s entrapment, suffocation and death.

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Most recent recalls for lead include familiar brands and retailers

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued eight more recalls covering more than 550,000 items that contain excessive amounts of lead. Items from seven of the recalls were made in China and items from the other—decorating sets sold at Toys ‘R’ Us—were made in Hong Kong.

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CU testifies to presidential import safety group

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: The steady stream of recalls over the past year has made it clear that our country’s product safety net has a gaping hole. We, at Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports) are glad that President Bush has appointed a task force to address the onslaught of hazardous imports, Continue Reading

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Navigating the Kolcraft site for recall information a circuitous journey

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: ‘Seek and ye shall find’ is a fine approach to spiritual harmony, but a lousy one to keeping your child safe.

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Play yard recalled after death of 10-month-old

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today recalled 425,000 Kolcraft infant play yards after receiving a report of the death of a 10-month-old boy who strangled on the changing table’s restraint strap that was hanging down into a “Sesame Beginnings” Travel Play Yard where he was located.

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More toys and jewelry recalled due to lead

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today recalled two types of children’s jewelry, a puppet theater and four groups of toys, including more Thomas and Friends railway cars and accessories because the items contain lead.

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…the whole world in her loaf

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She’s got guar gum sourced from India In her loaf She’s got gluten mix from Poland In her loaf She’s left no country untapped for honey In her loaf Sara Lee’s got the whole world in her loaf The inspiration for this parody came from an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Consumers Union’s Continue Reading

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Food and Drug Safety blues

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I just read an informative and entertaining article about the history and current woes of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The author, Emily Friedman has a way with words and with reducing very wonky data and policy into digestible bites. I just read an informative and entertaining article about the history and current Continue Reading

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Farm Bill Attractions

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Consumers Union just fired off a letter to Congress’ House Agriculture Committee opposing an amendment to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2419, which would allow state inspected meat to bypass the federal meat inspection program. Consumers Union just fired off a letter to Congress’ House Agriculture Committee opposing an amendment to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2419, Continue Reading

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