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Consumers Union Press Releases

Child deaths spike from vehicle backovers and power windows

Increase 57 percent over last year; CU urges Congress to prevent further tragedies

FDA reneges on promise to quickly reduce mad cow risk in feed

Expected rule to fix feed problem is now put on backburner by FDA and administration.

Suzuki And Consumers Union Agree To Settle Lawsuit

CU and the Suzuki Motor Corp. are pleased to announce that the product disparagement lawsuit regarding the Suzuki Samurai sport-utility vehicle, filed by Suzuki against CU in 1996 has been settled and will be dismissed.

Consumer Reports investigates the trouble with recalls

In recent years, the number of products that have been subject to a government recall has risen substantially. CR points out that too often, word of a recall doesn’t reach the owners of defective products.

Survey: Dietary supplements poorly regulated

9 of 10 consumers want supplements proven safe before placed on store shelves.

USDA failing at every turn on mad cow disease

CU calls on Agriculture Secretary to keep the ban on importation of Canadian beef and to increase mad cow testing.

Government vehicle rollover ratings misleading, confusing

Consumers Union tells Senate subcommittee transportation agency’s rollover ratings fail to reflect when vehicles tip up in testing

Bill beefs up steroid law, but fails to include dangerous supplements

Potential Conflict of Interest Exposed on Pharmaceutical Rice Decision

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Study Finds 120 Killed in 1998 in Auto Backovers; Most are Children

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Increase In SUV Rollover Deaths Prompts Call for Passage of Safety Provisions

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USDA Should Allow Companies to Test for Mad Cow

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Ephedra Ban Upheld, but CU Warns that Dangerous Dietary Supplements Still in Stores

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California Agriculture Department Rejects Pharmaceutical Rice Crop

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Child-Car Safety Measures Needed in Wake of Two Recent Strangulations

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Consumers Union Applauds Institute Of Medicine’s Dietary Supplement Guidelines

CU urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress to adopt the Institute of Medicine’s science-based guidelines for evaluating the safety of dietary supplements.

House Transportation Bill Doesn’t Include Key Child-Car Safety Measures

Another child is killed this week in power window strangulation incident that safety measures would have addressed. Read testimony

California Lawmakers Target Secrecy of Contaminated Meat Recalls

Earlier this year, news accounts indicated that California was one of seven states that received a shipment of beef products subject to a USDA recall because it included meat and bones from a cow that tested positive for mad cow disease.

Groups Urge California to Deny Approval of Pharmaceutical Rice Crop

Consumers Union joined with other organizations to urge the California Agriculture Department to deny a biotech firm’s request to plant a controversial pharmaceutical rice crop. Read the group’s letter.

Congress Must Include Car and Child Safety Measures in Highway Bill

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California Proposes Testing All Cattle for Mad Cow Disease

Consumers Union is backing a bill introduced in California that would make the state the first in the nation to require all cattle slaughtered or sold to be certified as testing negative for mad cow disease.

CU: USDA Announcement of More Mad Cow Testing Still Inadequate to Protect Public Health

New plan still would test less than one percent of slaughtered cattle for deadly disease.

CU Expands Automotive Safety Efforts With Free Online Resources

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CU Opposes the So Called “Healthy Mother and Babies Access to Care Act of 2003″

CU asks Senate to oppose the medical malpractice bill S. 2061, aimed at the most vulnerable patients – women and their babies.

CU Calls on Bush Administration to Support National Seat Belt Bill

The “National Highway Safety Act” would require all states within three years to either enact a primary enforcement seat belt law or achieve a seat belt use rate of 90%.

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