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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

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

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