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March 2013

Multistate outbreak of E. coli linked to Farm Rich brand frozen food

Twenty four people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 have been reported from 15 states. 78 percent are 21 years of age or younger. 33 percent have been hospitalized. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.... Read more →


EPA proposes cleaner gas and car standards, aimed at slashing pollution and improving health

It’s troublesome that the auto, oil, and gas industries have been allowed to make products that for so many years have caused millions of illness and deaths from emissions. But the good news is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it’s proposing standards for cars and gas that will... Read more →


Prescription drug prices vary widely at pharmacies, report shows

Consumers who don’t shop around for their prescription drugs may be paying significantly more. Failing to comparison shop could result in overpaying by as much as $100 a month or even more, depending on the drug, Consumer Reports said in the May issue of the magazine. Consumer Reports compared drug... Read more →


Federal regulator seeks ban on commissions for forced-place insurance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency filed a notice Tuesday that it intends to regulate forced-place insurance, expensive insurance homeowners are required to pay for when they stop paying for homeowners insurance themselves. The agency oversees the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation’s two largest mortgage guarantors. Premiums... Read more →


Taxes, midlife changes, retirement, destructive behavior, and compassion are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

Lisa Garon Froman of TAO Flashes is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #301. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. With half of the country covered in snow in late... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Lighting Science Group LED light bulbs due to fire hazard

Lighting Science Group is recalling about 554,000 LED light bulbs. The bulbs can overheat during use, posing a fire hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Lighting Science Group is aware of 68 incidents of product failures, eight of which were accompanied by visible... Read more →


Report describes how Big Soda uses ‘philanthropy’ to gain supporters, silence criticism

The state chapter of the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation unexpectedly joined Big Soda’s legal fight against New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to cap soda servings at restaurants at 16 ounces. Both groups received grants from Coca-Cola, with the national NAACP receiving at least $2.1 million from... Read more →