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July 2013

Blade breaks on Calphalon blender during Consumer Reports tests; metal fragments could be swallowed

When Consumer Reports tested the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 blender, it found that knife-sharp fragments broke off from the same place on the blade on three different blenders. Consumer Reports said the broken pieces were small enough to hide in a smoothie, shake, and other foods and drinks – and... Read more →


Spirituality, travel, and insurance are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #319. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. As we approach the last leg of summer, which includes my bountiful garden, baby boomer bloggers... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Soleil portable fan heaters sold at Home Depot due to fire hazard

Home Depot is recalling about 107,000 Soleil portable fan heaters. The portable fans plastic housing can melt, deform, and catch fire during use, posing a fire hazard. Home Depot has received 464 reports of the fans melting. No injuries or property damage have been reported. Click here for information on... Read more →


Half of largest auto insurers charging high school graduates, blue collar workers higher rates, study shows

Some major auto insurers charge higher rates to drivers with less education and lower-status jobs. Among the findings of a Consumer Federation of America analysis of the sale of minimum liability coverage, which state governments require, are: GEICO and Progressive often charge a factory worker with a high school degree... Read more →


USDA pilot project improve healthy eating among food stamp recipients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Healthy Incentives Pilot, a program to test the impact of promoting fruit and vegetable purchases among some SNAP recipients in Hampden, Mass., found that spending less than 15 cents a person each day can result in a 25 percent increase in eating these healthier foods... Read more →


Deflation, food, and travel are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #318. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. While Laura says she’s having a lovely summer... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Sears Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires, burns

Sears is reannouncing a recall of about 795,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires and burns and a low consumer response rate. The dehumidifiers were previously recalled in August 2012. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt, and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers, the... Read more →


Health care workers suffer most on-the-job injuries, illnesses, but have few federal safety protections

Health care workers suffer more injuries and illnesses on the job each year than those in any other industry, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts few inspections of health care facilities and is hampered in its ability to take action to resolve unsafe conditions because of the absence... Read more →


At last: Richard Cordray confirmed as head of federal consumer financial agency

One of the few things that the Obama administration has accomplished for consumers following the Great Recession is the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Elizabeth Warren, the acting head of the new agency, wasn’t appointed to be the permanent director due to opposition from Wall Street and the... Read more →


FDA proposes limit for inorganic arsenic in apple juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a limit of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. It’s the same level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for arsenic in drinking water. The action comes following concerns by consumer organizations over the last year that... Read more →