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August 2011

Put your name, address, phone number, and address of your next-of-kin on a 3 x 5 card and place it in your left shoe

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist It was shocking to hear emergency workers tell people who didn't heed warnings to evacuate to put personal information in their left shoe to help emergency workers if they were injured or dead. It also was sad to learn that the first person who... Read more →


Look for upcoming recall of the ShoulderFlex Massager; FDA warns of possible life-threatening injuries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants consumers and health professionals to know about serious health risks posed by the ShoulderFlex Massager. The FDA is aware of reports to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of one death and one near-strangulation associated with the massager. The incidents occurred when a... 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: Enjoying an updated waterside walkway On Thursday, I joined 300 others in the Olympia, Wash.,... Read more →


Baby boomers: How much are you spending on anti-aging remedies and procedures?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist On Saturday, instead of a big banner headline on The Huffington Post screaming about political squabbles or the latest war report, baby boomers were featured. The article, “Boomers Will Be Pumping Billions Into Anti-Aging Industry,” said spending on anti-aging products would rise from $80... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles due to laceration and burn hazard

Macy's Merchandising Group is recalling about 960,000 Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles. The enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack or break during use, Macy’s and the U.S. Consumer Product Commission said in a statement. This can cause the enamel to crack and fly off as... Read more →