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EPA takes action on PFAS, ‘forever chemicals’ found in products ranging from cosmetics to food packaging

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agency’s comprehensive Strategic Roadmap on Monday to confront PFAS contamination nationwide. PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are widely used in industry and consumer products. They’re highly persistent in the environment. Read more →


PFAS is being banned from food packaging in California

PFAS, called “forever chemicals,” are being banned in paper-based food packaging in California under a law signed Tuesday. The new law also requires the disclosure of toxic substances in cookware. It bans paper-based food packaging using PFAS chemicals starting Jan. 1, 2023. Read more →


Snorkels sold at Costco are being recalled due to drowning hazard

Huish Outdoors is recalling about 76,000 Oceanic Adult Dry Top Snorkels.The bottom purge valve on the recalled snorkels can leak, allowing unexpected water entry, posing a drowning hazard. Oceanic has received 13 reports of the snorkels leaking. One injury has been reported. Read more →


Watch out for scams where your boss asks for a favor

A new scams comes from someone pretending to be your boss who’s asking for a favor and wants you to send gift cards to pay for something, such as an upcoming office party. Don’t take the bait. Find out if it’s really your boss. It could be a scammer trying to get your money.   Read more →


Watch out for timeshare exit companies that make your timeshare problems worse

We’ve all seen the TV ads, especially late at night, when the rates are cheaper. A guy says he can solve consumers’ timeshare problems and get them out of their contacts. If the exit company can’t get the contract canceled, he says, no worries, his company offers a money-back guarantee. Read more →


Be sure to watch the documentary series ‘LuLaRich’

Every consumer needs to watch the documentary series “LuLaRich,” about LuLaRoe, a multilevel marketing scheme that sells colorful clothes and tights. It’s on Amazon Prime and hopefully will be available elsewhere, too. It shows in detail the thin line between multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes. Read more →


Shower benches sold at Costco recalled because they may break unexpectedly

About 70,000 teak shower benches in the United States and about 11,317 in Canada are being recalled. The shower bench can collapse during use, posing a fall hazard to the user. Consumers have reported 81 incidents of the shower benches collapsing, breaking during use, or falling apart. Read more →


3.3 million Boppy infant cushions are being recalled after 8 deaths

Following reports of eight infant deaths associated with the Boppy Company’s lounger cushions, 3.3 million of the loungers are being recalled. The infants suffocated after being placed on their back, side, or stomach on the lounger and were found on their side or on their stomach. Read more →