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July 2011

Recall of the Week: Bravo Sports Disney-brand Pogo sticks due to fall and laceration hazards

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Bravo Sports is recalling about 159,000 Disney-brand Pogo sticks. The bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers, Bravo Sports and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Also, the... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Having lunch at Tower Café As part of my vacation to Sacramento, I had lunch... Read more →


FDA misses the mark on new sunscreen requirements

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist My last post described the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to require the testing of sunscreens and to standardize how information about sunscreen protection is presented to consumers. While the new labeling will be helpful to consumers, the FDA isn’t addressing possible health... Read more →


FDA action on sunscreen too little, too late

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Shortly after the Environmental Working Group released information on the results of its assessment of 1,700 sunscreens, showing that only a few sunscreens protect consumer from harmful rays, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was finally about to issue a rule on... Read more →


Environmental health group questions new study claiming no cell phone-cancer link for kids, teens

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Children and adolescents who use cellphones aren’t at an increased risk of brain cancer compared to their peers who don’t use cell phones, a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of The National Cancer Institute concludes. “This new JNCI report represents... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Petzl America Inc. is recalling about 375,000 Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards for climbing harnesses. Some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loop, which can cause the lanyard to disconnect from the climbing harness, posing a fall hazard to consumers,... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Shopping for clothes with my granddaughter I got lucky this week. A vacation I had... Read more →


Diane Sawyer spotlights the new retirement on TV show this week

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist This week, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” is taking a look at the “Retirement Revolution,” a new American phenomena. ABC’s Claire Shipman reports on the new ways baby boomers are pursuing their dreams, the new strategies that are helping them afford their goals,... Read more →