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OH Governor urged to rescind rule on milk labels

The rule is not pro-consumer, restricts free speech rights of dairies, and interferes with free markets March 11, 2007 More than 70 Consumer, Environmental Groups and Dairies Urge Ohio Governor Strickland to Rescind State’s Emergency Rule on Milk Labels; Coalition Press Conference Held March 11; Ohio Dairy Labeling Advisory Committee Hearing to be Held March Continue Reading

Groups applaud passage of product safety bill

Consumers, businesses will benefit from greater confidence in the marketplace * Consumers Union * Consumer Federation of America * * Kids in Danger * National Research Center for Women & Families * * Union of Concerned Scientists * U.S. Public Interest Research Group * Public Citizen * Thursday, March 06, 2008 Consumer Groups Applaud Senate Continue Reading

Consumers Union statement on the CPSC Reform Act

The CPSC Reform Act, is a bi-partisan bill that will help to make our products safer, close the gaping holes in our product safety net, and restore consumers’ confidence. March 3, 2008 Statement of Ami Gadhia, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union on S. 2663, The CPSC Reform Act Consumers Union, non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, Continue Reading

Attacks on product safety reform bill called foul

Groups rebut charges; bill will be considered in the Senate beginning on Monday Friday, February 29, 2008 Consumer, Safety Groups Call Foul on False Attacks on Product Safety Reform Bill Groups rebut charges; bill will be considered in the Senate beginning on Monday (Washington, DC) – Consumer, public interest, safety, and scientific groups today condemned Continue Reading

CA posts names of retailers of recalled beef

CU advises California consumers to check list, freezers and urges USDA to release similar information nationally February 28, 2008 California Posts Names of Retailers That Carried Recalled Beef Consumers Union Advises California Consumers to Check List, Freezers and Urges USDA to Release Similar Information Nationally Yonkers, NY and San Francisco, CA—Due to a California law Continue Reading

90 groups and dairies urge Utah to not ban milk hormone labeling

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food hearing to be held. Monday, February 25, 2008 90 CONSUMER, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AND DAIRIES URGE UTAH TO NOT BAN MILK HORMONE LABELING; RECENT SIMILAR ATTEMPTS TO BAN RBGH-FREE LABELS IN OTHER STATES HAVE FAILED Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Hearing to be Held Today, ninety dairy farmers, consumer, Continue Reading

93 groups and dairies urge Kansas to not ban milk hormone labeling

Recent similar attempts to ban rbgh-free labels in other states have failed Monday, February 25, 2008 93 CONSUMER, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AND DAIRIES URGE KANSAS TO NOT BAN MILK HORMONE LABELING; RECENT SIMILAR ATTEMPTS TO BAN RBGH-FREE LABELS IN OTHER STATES HAVE FAILED Kansas Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing to be Held on February 26 Today, ninety-three Continue Reading

CU urges outlets which sold tainted beef disclosed

USDA refuses to disclose to the public the names of retail outlets involved in meat recalls February 18, 2008 Where’s the Beef? Consumers Union Urges USDA to Disclose Retail Outlets Which Sold Westland/Hallmark Tainted Beef On the heels of the largest meat recall in the nation’s history, Consumers Union urges USDA to disclose the retail Continue Reading

Passage of child auto safety measure praised

Parents, consumer groups give a standing ovation to the Senate for passing the Kids Transportation Safety Act KIDS AND CARS * Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety * Consumers Union * Public Citizen * Center for Auto Safety * Trauma Foundation * Consumer Federation of America *National Consumers League February 14, 2008 Parents, Consumer and Continue Reading

Hazardous products highlight need for reform

Legislation would give the CPSC greater resources to protect consumers from unsafe products Thursday, February 7, 2008 Hazardous Product Incidents Highlight Need for Reform of Product Safety System Washington, DC– Families harmed by hazardous products join Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and consumer groups to advocate for passage of The Continue Reading

CA bill: Require labeling on cloned food

In wake of FDA cloning decision, bill could restore Americans’ right to choose in the marketplace January 24, 2008 IN WAKE OF FDA CLONING DECISION, CALIFORNIA BILL COULD RESTORE AMERICANS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE IN THE MARKETPLACE Bill Would Require Labels on All Foods from Cloned Animals and Their Offspring San Francisco, CA. – Dissatisfied with Continue Reading

CU applauds new Pennsylvania milk labeling rules

In reversal, state will allow labels about artificial hormones January 17, 2008 CONSUMERS UNION APPLAUDS NEW PENNSYLVANIA MILK LABELING RULES In Reversal, State Will Allow Labels About Artificial Hormones YONKERS, NY — Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, applauded the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for new rules issued today which will allow milk Continue Reading

Congress should require labeling of cloned food

CU polls says 89% of consumers want labels on cloned milk and meat Thursday, January 17, 2008 Consumers Union Calls on Congress to Require Tracking and Labeling of Clones for Milk and Meat CU Polls Says 89% of Consumers Want Labels on Cloned Milk and Meat Washington, DC— Consumers Union calls on Congress to require Continue Reading

Good year for consumers in 2007

Congress makes strides to help consumers, marathon not over Friday, December 21, 2007 Good Year for Consumers in 2007; Congress Makes Strides to Help Consumers, Marathon Not Over Washington, DC—Congress and the Administration delivered consumers a few gifts, a few lumps of coal, and left a few cookies on the table in 2007, according to Continue Reading

Statement on House passage of CPSC reform bill

The issue now moves to the Senate which is working on greater CPSC enforcement authority * Consumers Union * Consumer Federation of America * Union of Concerned Scientists * * U.S. Public Interest Research Group * Wednesday, December 19, 2007 Statement of Consumer and Scientific Groups on House Passage of CPSC Reform Bill December 19, Continue Reading

Coalition condemns FDA plans for cloned foods

Consumers may receive unwelcome gift this holiday season American Anti-Vivisection Society ♦ Center for Food Safety Consumer Federation of America ♦ Consumers Union Farm Sanctuary ♦ Food & Water Watch Humane Society of the United States Consumers May Receive Unwelcome Gift This Holiday Season Coalition Condemns Food and Drug Administration Plans for Cloned Foods as Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Tests find lead in more products

Lead recalls will affect toy purchasing this holiday season according to new CR Poll CONSUMER REPORTS: TESTS FIND LEAD IN MORE PRODUCTS Consumer Reports provides recommendations for home lead-testing kits; Lead recalls will affect toy purchasing this holiday season according to new Consumer Reports poll YONKERS, NY — Lead hazards in consumer products aren’t limited Continue Reading

Safety of leafy greens agreement opposed

CU believes that Congress should establish a single food agency to ensure better safety November 30, 2007 Consumers Union Opposes Federal Marketing Agreement to Oversee the Safety of Leafy Greens Consumers Union has provided comments on the USDA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the proposal to handle regulations of leafy green products under the Continue Reading

Hormones on cows: Consumers want to know

An action by the PA Dept. of Agriculture interferes with consumers right-to-know about the foods we eat November 29, 2007 Sixty-Five Consumer, Environmental Groups and Dairies Urge Pennsylvania Governor Rendell to Rescind Ban on Milk Hormone Labeling; Consumers Want to Know About Hormone Use on Dairy Cows More than 65 dairy farmers, consumer, farm and Continue Reading

CU Launches “Twelve Days of Safe Shopping”

“Black Friday” action at retail stores in New York City, Boston, Chicago, & Minneapolis Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Consumers Union Launches “Twelve Days of Safe Shopping” “Black Friday” Action at Retail Stores in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis Washington, DC—As Congress intensifies their work to address this nation’s product safety crisis, Consumers Union Continue Reading

Consumer Reports’ twelve tips for buying toys

With uncertainty about toy safety, CR provides tips for buying safe toys this holiday season. Friday, November 16, 2007 Consumer Reports’ Twelve Tips for Buying Toys this Holiday Season Washington, DC—This year there have been tens of millions of toys recalled due to lead paint, small magnets, or toxic chemicals. With all this uncertainty about Continue Reading

CU urges USDA to halt import of Canadian cattle

US to open borders on Nov. 19 to cattle with risk for Mad Cow disease November 16, 2007 Consumers Union Urges USDA to Halt Import of Older Canadian Cattle U.S. to Open Borders on November 19 to Cattle with Highest Risk for Mad Cow Disease Yonkers, N.Y.—Consumers Union said today that the USDA is putting Continue Reading

Consumer groups challenge veto of cloned food bill

CU & the Center for Food Safety criticize CA Governor’s claim that cloned food bill is pre-empted by federal law November 14, 2007 CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY AND CONSUMERS UNION CHALLENGE GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER’S VETO OF CLONED FOOD BILL ON FEDERAL PREEMPTION GROUNDS Groups to Introduce Similar Cloned Good Labeling Bill Next Legislative Session San Francisco—The Continue Reading

CU urges strong action on the safety of imports

“Devil is in the Details” on Administration’s Plan for Import Safety Tuesday, November 6, 2007 “Devil is in the Details” on Administration’s Plan for Import Safety Washington, DC—Consumers Union urges Congress and the Administration to take strong action to address the safety of imports as they consider the Administration’s Interagency Working Group’s recommendations and other Continue Reading

Coalition of more than 40 groups sign letter urging that “USDA Organic” standards be upheld

If acted upon, their recommendations would allow fish to carry organic label–despite being raised under conditions that fail to meet basic USDA organic principles. COALITION OF MORE THAN 40 GROUPS SIGN LETTER URGING THAT “USDA ORGANIC” STANDARDS BE UPHELD FOR AQUACULTURE Conservation, Organic, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare Advocates Voice Concerns in Advance of November Continue Reading

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