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What are they arguing about?

The House and Senate versions of the product safety bill (HR 4040) are not the same, and the differences matter.

Posted by maysdo on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 in Children's Products, CPSC, Product Safety, Regulators | 2 Comments »

I’ve lost my appetite

If you’ve stopped eating a particular food, temporarily or permanently, as a result of a recent recall, you’re not alone. According to recent Deloitte survey, 57 percent of us have done so, and 76 percent of us are more concerned about the foods we eat than we were five years ago.

Posted by nuneda on Friday, June 20th, 2008 in FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Salmonella | 11 Comments »

Red, Raw and Contaminated?

I have a soft spot for tomatoes. I spent a long day in the fields of Immokalee, Florida, picking tomatoes as part of a college learning seminar on migrant farmworkers. Twisting tomatoes off the vine and casting them into buckets where they were thrown into a large collector truck, I realized the enormous value in Continue Reading

Posted by nuneda on Monday, June 16th, 2008 in FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Regulators, Salmonella | 2 Comments »

Worst Company in America?

It’s not surprising the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company is nominated as the “Worst Company in America” by readers of The Consumerist.

Posted by nuneda on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 in Mad Cow, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Those harmed by unsafe products speak out

Andrew Hartung came to Washington D.C. on February 7th to make sure baby products don’t hurt babies. It seems obvious – but will take major reform. So he joined several other families on the Hill to tell the press and Senators how the reforms they are now considering would keep kids safe.

Posted by maysdo on Monday, February 25th, 2008 in Children's Products, CPSC, Lead, Product Safety, Toxins | 2 Comments »

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.

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.

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?

Posted by maysdo on Monday, February 4th, 2008 in CPSC, EPA, Food Safety, Mercury, Product Safety, Regulators | Comments Off

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
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