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Improved safety standards and traceability needed for produce

Salmonella outbreak shows weaknesses in safety system July 1, 2008 Improved Safety Standards and Traceability Needed for Produce Salmonella Outbreak Shows Weaknesses in Safety System Washington, DC—Consumers Union calls on Congress to mandate traceability for fruits and vegetables and for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish strong safety standards for produce in light Continue Reading

Increased inspections needed for produce

The FDA needs to be more effective in enforcing food safety standards. June 12, 2008 Increased Inspections Needed For Produce, Processing Plants to Protect Consumers from Unsafe Food Washington, DC—Consumers Union has called for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase inspections of food processing plants and for Congress to grant the agency broad Continue Reading

Opposition to mad cow testing is anti-consumer

CU calls on the USDA to test slaughtered cows for mad cow disease June 10, 2008 USDA Opposition to Mad Cow Testing Is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Competitive; Tests Could Resolve Korea Beef Trade Dispute Washington, DC—Consumers Union calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reverse itself and allow a Kansas based meatpacking company, Creekstone Farms, to Continue Reading

Groups angered by inaction on CO-treated meat

A national survey indicates consumer opposition to coloring meat with carbon monoxide. June 2, 2008 Consumer Groups Angered by FDA and USDA Inaction on CO-treated Meat Letters Urge HHS and USDA Secretaries to Stop Deception WASHINGTON, D.C. – Declaring the government’s two-and-a-half year delay as “inexcusable”, six of the nation’s leading consumer groups urged the Continue Reading

More recent lead paint recalls

2.5 million children’s products recalled this month for violating a 30-year-old a lead paint standard May 27, 2008 Recent Lead Paint Recalls Underscore Need for Strong Final CPSC Legislation; Recalls on Track to Break Record Set Last Year Washington, DC—Consumers Union calls on Congress to finalize the strongest product safety law and send it to Continue Reading

Children’s product safety needs improvement

Groups & parents call on the Congress to ensure that the CPSC can protect our broken product safety net * Consumer Federation of America * Consumers Union * Kids in Danger * * U.S. Public Interest Research Group * National Research Center for Women & Families * * Public Citizen * Thursday, May 15, 2008 Continue Reading

Product recalls on track to break record

A CU report found more than 1.3 million products have been recalled in 2008 May 15, 2008 Product Recalls on Track to Break Record Set Last Year; Congress Needs to Finalize Strong Product Safety Measure Washington, DC—Recalls of toys and other consumer products, which have reached nearly ten million in 2008, are on a pace Continue Reading

Strengthen FDA’s authority over medical devices

CU also supports for the FDA to require recalls of unsafe food and drugs May 14, 2008 Consumers Union Applauds Effort To Strengthen FDA’s Authority Over Medical Devices and Cosmetics Washington, DC– In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Energy, and Commerce, Consumers Union praised Chairman John Dingell’s FDA Globalization Act’s provisions to Continue Reading

New authority and funding needed for FDA

CU welcomes commitment to protect nations’ drug & food supply May 1, 2008 Consumers Union Welcomes House Committee’s Commitment to Protect Nations’ Drug and Food Supply; New Authority and Funding Needed for FDA Washington, DC–In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Energy, and Commerce, Consumers Union welcomed Chairman John Dingell’s commitment to reform Continue Reading

Congress moves forward to protect food supply

FDA inspections and oversight essential Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Consumers Union Applauds Congress for Moving Forward to Protect Food Supply; FDA Inspections and Oversight Essential to Package Washington, DC— With hearings scheduled in both the U.S. House and Senate, Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, commends Congress for focusing on the serious shortcomings Continue Reading

Advocates & victims celebrate law to protect children around motor vehicles

Awards to be presented to members of Congress for their leadership * KIDS AND CARS * April 7, 2008 MEDIA ADVISORY CONSUMER, SAFETY ADVOCATES AND VICTIMS CELEBRATE ENACTMENT OF LAW TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN AND AROUND MOTOR VEHICLES Awards to be Presented to Members of Congress for Their Leadership BACKGROUND: Since 2000, nearly 1,400 children Continue Reading

OH Governor urged to modify rule on milk labels

Current version still restricts free speech and consumers’ right-to-know April 7, 2008 CONSUMER-ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION URGES OHIO GOVERNOR STRICKLAND TO MODIFY PROPOSED RULE ON MILK LABELS; CURRENT VERSION STILL RESTRICTS FREE SPEECH AND CONSUMERS’ RIGHT-TO-KNOW — Group Provides Evidence of No Environmental Benefit to Use of Artificial Hormone — Ohio Dairy Labeling Advisory Committee Hearing to Continue Reading

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

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