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Consumers Union Press Releases

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. For immediate release Thursday, April 1, 2004 Contact: Joan Eve Quinn, 914-378-2436 CONSUMERS UNION APPLAUDS INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE’S DIETARY SUPPLEMENT GUIDELINES RELEASED TODAY YONKERS, NY, April 1, 2004–Consumers Union, the Continue Reading

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 1, 2004 Contact: Sally Greenberg, 202-462-6262 House Votes Today on Transportation Bill That Does Not Include Child Safety Measures Approved by Senate Another Child Dies This Week in Preventable Auto Incident Continue Reading

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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 31, 2004 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Elisa Odabashian – 415-431-6747 Continue Reading

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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 1, 2004 CONTACT: Michael Hansen, Consumers Union: 914-378-2452 Elisa Odabashian, Consumers Union: 415-431-6747 Dan Jacobson, Environment California: 916-743-5356 CONSUMER & ENVIRONMENTAL Continue Reading

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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 25, 2004 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Elisa Odabashian – 415-431-6747 or 415-572-0036 (cell) Michael McCauley Continue Reading

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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2004 Contact: Jean Halloran, 914-378-2457 Adam Goldberg, 202-462-6262 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 Continue Reading

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. February 20, 2004 Re: CU’s Opposition to S. 2061, a medical malpractice bill aimed at the most vulnerable patients – women and their babies Dear Senator: Consumers Union asks you to oppose S. Continue Reading

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%. For Immediate Release Monday, February 9, 2003 Contact: Sally Greenberg, (202) 462-6262 Consumers Union Calls On Bush Administration To Support National Seat Belt Bill (Washington, Continue Reading

Consumers Union Offers Advice On Meat Labels That Do And Don’t Help Reduce Risk Of Exposure To Mad Cow Disease

CU is providing consumers with important information about which meat labels can and cannot help consumers wanting to reduce their risk from mad cow disease. CONTACT: Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Eco-labels.org (646) 594-0212 CONSUMERS UNION OFFERS ADVICE ON MEAT LABELS THAT DO AND DON’T HELP REDUCE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO MAD COW DISEASE —Unbiased, Trusted Continue Reading

6 in 10 Consumers Back Testing for Mad Cow

Majority of Consumers Also Would Pay More for Beef That is Tested; Strongly Back Mandatory Recall of Dangerous MeatTo read the poll questions and results, click here Nearly 60 percent of Consumers Believe Cattle Should be Tested for Mad Cow Disease 7 in 10 willing to pay more for beef to support testing To read Continue Reading

CU says New FDA Restrictions on Animal Feed an Important Step

CU praises the new restrictions on animal feed announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CONSUMERS UNION SAYS NEW FDA RESTRICTIONS ON ANIMAL FEED ARE AN IMPORTANT STEP, BUT ADDITIONAL MEASURES NEEDED January 26, 2004—Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports praises the new restrictions on animal feed announced today by the US Food Continue Reading

Kids and Cars Cites Unprecedented Number of Children Killed In 2003–At Least 72–In Backover Incidents

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CU Supports Legislation on “Downed” Animals

Consumers Union has endorsed legislation to take “downed” animals out of the food supply as a measure to protect against mad cow disease. For Immediate Release January 21, 2004 STATEMENT OF ADAM GOLDBERG, POLICY ANALYST, CONSUMERS UNION, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE DOWNED ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT I would like to thank Representative Continue Reading

Senate Votes Against Pork-Laden Spending Bill That Fails Consumers on Meat Labeling and Media Ownership

The Senate today voted against closing off debate on the $820 billion omnibus spending bill that funds government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2004 Contact: Chris Murray (Media Ownership) or Adam Goldberg (Meat Labeling) (202) 462-6262 SENATE VOTES AGAINST PORK-LADEN SPENDING BILL THAT FAILS CONSUMERS ON MEAT Continue Reading

CU Outlines Steps to Prevent Mad Cow

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CU Offers Advice On Meat Labels To Reduce Risk Of Exposure To Mad Cow Disease

CU is providing consumers with important information about which meat labels can and cannot help consumers wanting to reduce their the risk from mad cow disease. For Immediate Release December 31, 2003 Contact: Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D. Director, Eco-labels.org, 646-594-0212 CONSUMERS UNION OFFERS ADVICE ON MEAT LABELS THAT DO AND DON’T HELP REDUCE RISK OF EXPOSURE Continue Reading

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