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December 2018

Trump appointment to head consumer finance agency will continue to diminish its power, actions

It’s another one of President Trump’s flawed appointments to oversee an important federal agency. This time, it’s the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created in 2011 to safeguard American consumers against some of the financial losses they suffered in the mortgage crisis and Great Recession. On Thursday, the U.S.... Read more →

President George H.W. Bush: Not a consumer champion

As President George H.W. Bush is being positively eulogized, it’s important to remember that Bush, as often is the case with most Republicans, was more interested in helping business interests than consumers. Here are some examples of how the Bush administration, and the Republican Party, have failed consumers: But by... Read more →

UDSA needs to do more to protect the public from Salmonella contamination in meat and poultry, consumer group says

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to exercise its authority under the law to set and enforce more rigorous standards to protect consumers from Salmonella contamination in meat and poultry, a report by the Consumer Federation of America recommends. Illnesses from Salmonella in the United States have remained about the... Read more →

New non-stick chemical nearly as toxic as the ones it replaced, EPA says

GenX, introduced a decade ago as a “safer” alternative for the non-stick chemicals PFOA and PFOS, is nearly as toxic to people as what it replaced, according to a recently released Environmental Protection Agency study. The EPA published a draft toxicity review for GenX and a related compound called PFBS,... Read more →

What do the new labels for romaine lettuce mean?

Romaine lettuce growers are beginning to label their lettuce with information on where it was grown and the date it was harvested The labels are voluntary, so if the romaine lettuce isn’t labeled, don’t buy it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. The FDA has indicated that the romaine... Read more →

Baby boomers focus on the holidays and life’s ups and downs

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting went to her town’s official party to usher in the holiday season, a Saturday evening with a holiday parade and block party. It rained early in the day, but by the 5 p.m. start, no rain fell and the temperature was almost balmy.... Read more →

What to do about the Marriott data breach

Photo: Justefrain About 500 million Marriott customers appear to have had their credit or debit card numbers stolen four years ago. These consumers are at risk for existing account fraud and should consider requesting a new card. All consumers should check their monthly credit card and bank statements. “The Marriott... Read more →

Two more blood pressure medications recalled due to possible cancer risks

Teva Pharmaceuticals is recalling all lots of combination tablets featuring the drugs amlodipine and valsartan and another combination drug featuring amlodipine, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide due to an impurity detected. The impurity is N-nitroso-diethylamine or NDEA, which has been classified as a probable human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Food and... Read more →