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Where’s the recalled beef?

From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: Four days after the nation’s largest-ever beef recall, U.S. consumers still have no way of knowing whether they ate—or might have in their freezers—some of the potentially suspect meat, food safety experts at Consumers Union said Thursday. On Sunday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall of Continue Reading

Posted by nuneda on Thursday, February 21st, 2008 in Campylobacter, E. Coli, Food Safety, Recalls, Salmonella, USDA | 3 Comments »

Undercover video leads to outcry on meat safety

None of us want to eat beef infected with mad-cow disease, E. coli, or Salmonella. Nor would we feed it to our children. Unfortunately, low-income children who qualified for federal assistance under the National School Lunch Program may not have had a choice. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) conducted an undercover video Continue Reading

Posted by nuneda on Friday, February 15th, 2008 in E. Coli, FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Mad Cow, Salmonella, USDA | 2 Comments »

Who can we count on to keep our products safe?

The Washington Post recently published some White House insider speculation about potential new Chairman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Nancy Nord has been Acting Chairman for the past X months) The front-runner, they say, is Gail Charnley, a consultant with a doctorate in toxicology from MIT. But who is she really? She penned an Continue Reading

Posted by maysdo on Monday, February 4th, 2008 in CPSC, EPA, Food Safety, Mercury, Product Safety, Regulators | No Comments »

Less Shuffle, No Cut

Today’s New York Times editorial (registration required) on cloning by editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg raises an interesting and important point about the impact of cloning on genetic diversity. Klinkenborg analogizes to shuffling cards, and notes that cloning represents an unshuffled deck — clearly not a benefit to all players. The editorial was in response Continue Reading

Posted by jamere on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 in Clones, FDA, Food Safety, Label GMOs | 1 Comment »

A banner year for product safety

From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: We can’t remember a year when product safety garnered so much public attention. Consumer confidence was shaken as we saw recall after recall on toys, tires, toothpaste, and more. We dubbed 2007 “The Year of the Recall.”

Posted by maysdo on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 in Automobiles, Children's Products, Household & Office, Product Safety | Comments Off

Quiz: Shedding some light on candle safety

Posted by maysdo on Friday, December 21st, 2007 in Household & Office, Product Safety | No Comments »

Fisher-Price pulls second lead-tainted blood-pressure cuff off shelves in Illinois

Posted by maysdo on Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 in Children's Products, Lead, Product Safety, Toxins | Comments Off

CPSC: 22 children died in toy-related deaths in 2006

From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: While toys with lead paint and tiny magnets have gotten a lot of attention this year, statistics released today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission serve as a sobering reminder that the simple and most classic of toys—balloons, tricycles, scooters and balls—are often just as hazardous.

Posted by maysdo on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 in Children's Products, CPSC, Product Safety, Regulators | Comments Off

Open letter to Presidential Candidates

CU asks Presidential Candidates to publicly support real food safety and product safety reform. Dear candidates for The Office of the President, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, asks that you publicly support real food safety and product safety reform. We must reduce the lead and other dangerous substances in toys, holiday decorations, Continue Reading

Posted by maysdo on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 in Children's Products, CPSC, FDA, Food Labeling, Food Safety, Imports, Lead, Product Safety, Regulators, Toxins, USDA | No Comments »

Nancy Baker: A daughter’s drowning leads to pool safety reforms

Posted by maysdo on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 in Health Recreation & Fitness, Household & Office, Product Safety | No Comments »
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