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June 2012

In the 30 days surrounding July 4th holiday, hundreds of injuries occur

By Rita R. Robison Every year when fireworks are brought out to celebrate the Fourth of July, I get nervous. So many things can go wrong. Fireworks injuries most often resulted in burns to the hands and head, including the eyes, face, and ears. Sparklers, firecrackers, and aerial devices were... Read more →


It’s time to regulate advertising of high-sugar ‘food’ to kids

Photo: Evan-Amos By Rita R. Robison Many times, I’ve written about the need to regulate fat, salt, and sugar in food to help curb the obesity epidemic and improve the health of Americans. The voluntary programs undertaken by food companies and federal agencies aren’t working. Two news items this week... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Bel Air Lighting outdoor wall mount lanterns due to fire, burn, and shock hazards

By Rita R. Robison Bel Air Lighting Inc. is recalling about 99,700 outdoor wall mount lanterns. An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns' internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn, and electric shock to consumers, Bel Air Lighting and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in... Read more →


Paying less for ink jet cartridges is this week’s best consumer experience, while cashing a check at Walmart is upsetting

By Rita R. Robison This week, I had so many good and bad consumer experiences, it’s difficult to choose what to write about. Here are two among many: My best consumer experience: A good price on ink jet cartridges Usually, I buy my Canon ink jet cartridges at Office Depot.... Read more →


Read about walking tours, boomer financial woes, gay pride, and great local produce on Blogging Boomer Carnival #264

By Rita R. Robison This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival is hosted by Sightings From 60. Take a look at the weekly roundup of boomer articles on a variety of topics including new Dubai walking tours, the top four boomer financial worries, a Gay Pride parade in Olympia, Wash., and wonderful... Read more →


Consumers urged to buy fruits and vegetables with least amount of pesticide residue

Pesticide residues are widespread on conventional crops, the Environmental Working Group found in analyzing reports by federal agencies. The most recent round of tests show that as late as 2010, 68 percent of food samples had detectable pesticide residues, the EWG, a consumer advocacy group, said in a statement. The... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Kolcraft strollers due to finger amputation and laceration hazards

By Rita R. Robison Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. is recalling Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers, about 36,000 in the United States and 270 in Canada A child or consumer’s finger can become caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism, which is used to adjust the... Read more →


Planting my garden is this week’s best consumer experience, while packaging for checkbooks disappoints

By Rita R. Robison During several sun breaks this week, I had fun planting my garden. However, I wasn’t pleased yesterday when my credit union sent me my checks in a folder. My best consumer experience: Planting my vegetable garden This year, I’m trying cherry tomatoes instead of Early Girl... Read more →