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February 2012

Recall of the Week: Tassimo single-cup brewers and Tassimo espresso T discs due to burn hazards

By Rita R. Robison BSH Home Appliances Corp. is recalling about 835,000 Tassimo single-cup brewers in the United States and an additional 900,000 in Canada. The plastic disc, or T Disc, that holds the coffee or tea can burst and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto... Read more →

Finding cheaper printer cartridges is this week’s best consumer experience, while a credit union error disappoints

By Rita R. Robison Doing price comparisons on printer cartridges paid off this week. However, I found an error made by one of the credit unions I belong to. My best consumer experience: Paying less for printer cartridges at Costco While I was at Costco shopping, I checked out the... Read more →

What do women want for Valentine’s Day?

By Rita R. Robison This year, the Consumer Electronics Association is saying women want electronics for Valentine’s Day. However, a blog article I read said that said women don’t want electronics – that men buy them for their female loved one because they’ve been nagging them to learn the device... Read more →

Watch out for ‘sweetheart swindles’ if you’re looking for love on Valentine’s Day

More people are turning to the Internet to find Mr. or Ms. Right through online dating services, pop-up ads, or email. A mid-West Consumer Fraud Task Force warns those who use the Internet to find love that, while online dating has resulted in some successful relationships, criminals also troll the... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Pfizer recalls 1 million birth control packets due to packaging error

Pfizer Inc. announced this week that it is recalling 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic) for customers in the U.S. market. An investigation by Pfizer found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert... Read more →

Great photos provide a good consumer experience this week, while a big furnace bill disappoints

By Rita R. Robison I’m getting joy this week in working on a photo project with a friend. However, I’m grumpy about paying a big furnace bill because the power outage wrecked a part in my furnace. My best experience: Making a photo book for a friend I noticed Kits... Read more →

Super Bowl 2012: More violent, sexist ads

By Rita R. Robison Ads during Sunday’s Super Bowl cost $3.5 million for a 30-second spot, up from last year's $2.7 million. Although the 2012 offerings seemed to have fewer ads where people were slapped or knocked down, the display again was marred by violent images. Do advertisers and public... Read more →

Consumer group blasts expansion of poultry inspection program

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced that the agency will be expanding a controversial inspection program that will allow all poultry slaughter plants to participate on a voluntary basis. The Consumer Federation of America, a consumer advocacy group, has concerns about expanding the HACCP-Based... Read more →

Consumer group asks FDA to require sodium reduction in food supply

By Rita R. Robison Voluntary efforts by industry to reduce sodium levels in the food supply have failed, according to comments filed with the Food and Drug Administration last week by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization. On Friday, the center urged the FDA... Read more →