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WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

Shopping for Christmas presents for kids this year is a bit like walking through a mine field. Who knows what toys are going to be recalled next—after children have been injured by them or their health compromised? There have been two major recalls over the past few weeks. More could be on the way. And the federal department that oversees toy safety has just turned down more money from Congress to increase safety oversight. Now, the world’s biggest retailer, WalMart, has included several of the toys that were recalled in its holiday season catalog.

November 14, 2007

Target Hopes to Label its Carbon Monoxide-Treated Meat

Target Hopes to Label its Carbon Monoxide-Treated Meat

Target just asked the Department of Agriculture for permission to attach a label to its meat treated with carbon monoxide.  The label would explain to consumers that carbon monoxide is used to preserve the color of the meat, and serves as a warning to not rely solely on appearance when judging the quality of the meat.  While certainly thinking of its customers, Target has not followed Safeway and Tyson Foods, among others, and banned meat treated with carbon monoxide from its stores.

November 13, 2007

Non-Toxic Nail Salons

Non-Toxic Nail Salons

Until recently, consumers had difficulty finding nail salons that did not use toxic cosmetics.  Consumers could ask for less toxic products, but the fumes and smells from products were irritating to consumers and dangerous to workers.  Thus, an alternative has emerged: the ‘green’ nail salon.

November 13, 2007

State Ag Departments Banning Hormone-Free Labels on Milk

State Ag Departments Banning Hormone-Free Labels on Milk

A quick glance at milk carton’s label let’s us know if the milk has not been made with artificial bovine hormone (rBGH).  Unfortunately, milk carton labels that state the milk does not come from rBGH cows are being banned by heads of the agriculture departments in Pennsylvania (with Ohio following suit).

November 11, 2007

Merck's Vioxx Settlement Sends a Warning to Consumers

Merck's Vioxx Settlement Sends a Warning to Consumers

Is it really possible for a $5 billion settlement to be a victory for a drug company?  It may seem unlikely, but analysts view Merck’s recent settlement over Vioxx as a big win.  Such analysis raises serious concerns for consumers who now must fear that drug companies may be willing to place unsafe products in the marketplace and deal with the consequences later.

November 11, 2007

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