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Consumers Union Press Releases

Schwarzenegger fails to end secrecy over tainted meat recalls

California missed a golden opportunity to protect its citizens from the sale of contaminated beef and poultry when Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have thwarted a secrecy agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of California that keeps the public in the dark about the sale of hazardous foods.

Safer auto window switch positive, but should go into effect sooner

Switch required in all U.S. sold cars by 2008, but time lag could result in more unnecessary deaths

Consumer Reports Tells Which Fast Foods Are Most Nutritious And Tastiest

To help diners-on-the-go choose the most nutritious and tastiest fast foods, the CR September issue presents “Fast Food: Adding Health to the Menu.”

Consumer Reports Investigates How To Protect Against Spam, Spyware And Phishing

While viruses and spam continue to proliferate, they have been joined by two emerging threats: spyware and phishing, according to the September issue of CR.

Survey of San Francisco Bay Area shows milk price gouging


Study of genetically engineered food points to safety gaps

A new National Academy of Sciences report to be released July 28 on Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods paints a disturbing picture of how little we know about the effects of genetically engineering on food, according to CU.

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


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


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


USDA Should Allow Companies to Test for Mad Cow


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


12 to avoid

California Agriculture Department Rejects Pharmaceutical Rice Crop


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


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.

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