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September 2011

Recall of the Week: Pourable gel fuels made by nine companies due to flash fire and burn hazards

By Rita R. Robison All pourable gel fuels made or sold by nine companies are being recalled due to the risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot. Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel, the U.S. Consumer Product... Read more →

Did toxic cleaning chemicals kill one, sicken 10 others at Georgia McDonalds?

By Rita R. Robison Toxic fumes in the bathroom at a Pooler, Ga., McDonalds may have been responsible for the death of an 80-year-old woman and sending 10 others to the hospital, according to investigators. No cause has been confirmed, but emergency responders have theorized that a toxic mix of... Read more →

Consumer coalition applauds Obama’s jobs plan, but says what country needs is large-scale mortgage modifications

By Rita R. Robison Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 250 national and state organizations working for Wall Street reform, said it applauds President Obama for focusing on measures to create jobs and the problem of unemployment. However, the coalition says what consumers and the economy need... Read more →

Gallup is off the mark to call federal government an industry

By Rita R. Robison Things were going well as I clicked through the list from a Gallup Poll of the most hated industries in America: 10. Advertising and public relations industry 9. Pharmaceutical industry 8. Airline industry 7. Education 6. The legal field 5. Banking 4. Healthcare 3. Real estate... Read more →

Recall of the Week: King International Shoulderflex massager due to strangulation hazard

By Rita R. Robison In cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, King International LLC is recalling its Shoulderflex massager due to a report of a strangulation and death. Consumers, retailers, and catalog sellers are being advised to immediately stop using Shoulderflex massagers and throw them in the trash.... Read more →