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August 2011

Worker health and safety rules save lives and prevent injuries, study shows

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Five major worker health and safety rules, most of which were initially opposed by industry, have saved thousands of lives, prevented tens of thousands of injuries, and, in at least one case, improved productivity, a study reports. The analysis of worker regulations by Public... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Phillips EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps due to laceration hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Philips Lighting Co. is recalling about 1.86 million EnergySaver, also known as Marathon or Marathon Classic, Compact Fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps. The glue that attaches the glass outer envelope or globe to the body of the lamp can fail allowing the glass outer envelope... Read more →


Food Day offers restaurants the opportunity to adopt ‘real food’ policies

Alice Waters By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Chefs, nutritionists, and food activists are inviting the nation’s restaurants to celebrate Food Day on October 24 by announcing improvements to menus and sourcing policies that advance health and the environment. On Food Day, organized by Center for Science in the Public... Read more →


EPA’s new chemical reporting rule lacking, environmental group says

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Environmental Working Group thinks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised Chemical Data Reporting rule falls short in protecting consumers. Senior scientist David Andrews issued the following statement about the proposed rule: The fact that EPA does not annually track what chemicals are produced or... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Wooden step stools with storage sold by Target due to fall hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Target Corp. is recalling about 206,000 wooden step stools with storage. The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard. Target has received 26 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing, the company and... Read more →