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January 2016

Recall of the Week: Dole leafy green products due to possible Listeria contamination

Twelve people infected with Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from six states since July 5, and one them, a person from Michigan has died. Five of the ill people reported eating packaged salad in the month before becoming ill. Two reported eating different varieties of Dole brand packaged salads. Tests... Read more →

Public supports new consumer protections for tax preparing services, survey shows

As millions of taxpayers turn to paid tax preparers to help complete what, for many, is their largest financial transaction of the year, a coalition of consumer and community organizations and advocates is drawing attention to the findings of a national poll that demonstrates broad public support for new consumer... Read more →

New evidence on food dyes shows FDA still failing to protect children’s health

The Food and Drug Administration is failing to protect children from behavioral problems caused by artificial food dyes, even though evidence of those problems has continued to mount since 2011, when an FDA advisory panel last considered the issue. That’s the finding of a report, released Wednesday by the Center... Read more →

Campbell Soup supports labeling of GMO foods

Campbell Soup Co. has announced it supports federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods made from genetically modified organisms. Campbell said it’s necessary for the federal government to provide a national standard for labeling requirements to better inform consumers about this issue. The company said it... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers start New Year with a bang

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #433. It’s been a busy week as the New Year unfolds. On Tuesday, I covered a meeting on CenturyLink’s request for a lower fine for a six-hour 911 outage in 2014. It wants to pay $2.85 million rather than the... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Rival brand griddles sold at Walmart due to shock hazard

About 330,000 Rival brand griddles sold only at Walmart are being recalled. The heating element can crack and water can get inside, posing a shock hazard when the griddle is plugged in, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and company said. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall... Read more →

What did Obama offer consumers in State of the Union address?

Each year, I write about the president’s State of the Union speech to try to get an idea of what’s in store for consumers in the coming year from the federal government’s point of view. This year, I wasn’t expecting much because Congress is so deadlocked, and in this presidential... Read more →