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36th annual Trouble in Toyland report exposes risks of counterfeit and other dangerous toys

Even though legitimate toymakers deserve kudos for making many of their products safer over the years, too often, Americans end up buying dangerous toys for children for the holidays. CoPIRG Foundation’s 36th annual Trouble in Toyland report shows that many of those toys are counterfeit or recalled products, but still make their way into consumers’ shopping carts.

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Guide: Healthier Holiday

Many of our holiday traditions revolve around food: The Thanksgiving turkey. Latkes during Hanukkah. The Christmas ham. Whatever the tradition, there’s nothing like sharing a meal with family and friends over the holidays. But in millions of American homes, there’s a hidden danger lurking in the kitchen. Common across the country, gas stoves can produce levels of indoor air pollution that would be illegal outdoors.

Tips to spot counterfeit toys before you buy them

Nov. 11, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays grow near, shoppers can expect a more difficult time finding the perfect gift this year that will arrive in time for the holidays. With supply chain issues plaguing the holiday shopping season, consumers should be wary when shopping online that what they purchase is a safe, legitimate product.

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Onions identified as cause of nationwide Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday evening that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak stems at least in part from whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed in this country by ProSource Inc.

How to spot fake online reviews

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With the overwhelming number of reviews found both on website listings and social media, we pulled together the best tips to spot fake reviews when shopping online.

How to spot fake online reviews

Oct. 14, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

On Oct. 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put hundreds of companies nationwide on notice that if they use fabricated endorsements to deceive consumers, they could face financial penalties up to $43,793 per violation.  

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Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to avoid used cars with flood damage

Oct. 14, 2021

By Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

This year is bringing us devastating flooding in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, flooding is occurring more often with the increase in big storms and hurricanes caused by global warming. Just last week, a storm carrying torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Alabama after up to seven inches of rain fell in a few hours.

This means everything from bills to birthday cards will arrive later in our mailboxes. And credit card and loan payments, RSVPs and government forms we send will take longer too. 

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Statement: New congressional report paints scary picture of toxic metals in baby food

A congressional report released Wednesday found the problem of toxic heavy metals in baby food is even worse than many suspected.

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