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May 2017

Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA, analysis shows

Despite health hazards and years of warnings, millions of Americans who eat canned foods are still being exposed to the toxic chemical bisphenol A or BPA. In an analysis of more than 250 canned foods, nearly 40 percent of cans contain BPA, which causes birth defects and has been linked... Read more →


Bumble Bee pleads guilty to price fixing and agrees to pay $25 million fine

Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of canned and pouch tuna fish sold in the United States. Bumble Bee and its co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of tuna fish they sold from 2011 through 2013, U.S. Department... Read more →


Most high-risk student loan borrowers not enrolled in affordable repayment plans

Nine in 10 of the highest-risk student loan borrowers aren’t enrolled in federal affordable repayment plans, an analysis by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. The analysis looks at hundreds of thousands of the highest-risk borrowers who are exiting default and may be eligible for federal programs that allow them... Read more →


What baby boomers are up to in retirement

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, who says chocolate milk made him as big as he is today, eats lunch with kids at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, as part of his announcement on reducing nutritional standards for school lunches Sometimes retirement gets a bad name, so Tom Sightings of Sightings... Read more →


Handheld massagers are being recalled by HoMedics due to electric shock and burn hazards

HoMedics is recalling about 400,000 handheld massagers. The cord can break near the base of the massager and expose the wires, posing an electric shock and burn hazards. HoMedics has received 140 reports of exposed wires, sparks, smoking, and some shooting flames coming from the massagers. There have been 15... Read more →


Trump’s agriculture secretary calls cutting nutritional standards for school lunches ‘making school lunches great again’

School districts can now decide to discontinue the use of whole grains in their school lunch program and also increase salt and serve chocolate and other flavored milk. Just one week after he took the job, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, ironically and insentively, used a take-off of President... Read more →


What to buy and not buy in May

Memorial Day sales are beginning earlier and earlier in May. However, 90 percent of Memorial Day deals still come out in the week leading up to Memorial Day — including 90 percent of the best deals, according to DealNews.com. While many sales offer deals on summer clothing, the best savings... Read more →