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In The Public Interest: The House Votes to Deny Consumers Information About Dangerous Products

Posted February 28, 2011 | 10:30:54 (EST)

In its continuing resolution, the U.S. House of Representatives included a measure to prohibit funding for a database of consumer injuries caused by dangerous products, as required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. That's the law that passed overwhelmingly in response to millions of...

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In The Public Interest: A Sneak Preview for Supporters of U.S.PIRG of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's New Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

Posted February 16, 2011 | 18:13:37 (EST)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the leading federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of consumer products. The CPSC protects families like yours from risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products, including items that many of you use every day,...

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In The Public Interest : Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

Posted November 30, 2010 | 17:35:39 (EST)

After months of negotiation behind the scenes and speeches in front of C-SPAN cameras inside the Beltway, and years of growing concern among consumers that the food on our dinner tables might make us sick, the U.S. Senate passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) by a 73...

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In The Public Interest: Trouble in Toyland

Posted November 24, 2010 | 15:29:46 (EST)

Friday marks the first big shopping day of the holiday season. On "Black Friday," consumers will begin lining up outside the malls and big box stores in the wee hours of the morning in the hope of purchasing the hot new toy for the child in their lives.

For 25...

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In The Public Interest : How Many Reminders Do We Need Before We Act to Reduce Chemical Accident Risk?

Posted October 14, 2010 | 20:05:34 (EST)

Last week's chemical accident in Hungary, when about 184 million gallons of caustic sludge and water burst from a storage pool of a metals plant inundating three western Hungarian towns and spilling into the Danube, is yet another reminder that accidents happen at chemical facilities. It's also a...

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In The Public Interest : Food Safety Delays Make Us Sick

Posted September 16, 2010 | 12:30:45 (EST)

Last week, I met an extraordinary eighth grader from Henderson, Nevada.

Rylee Gustafson may be only 13 years old, but she got excused from school to come to Washington, D.C. to join the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), the Center of Science in the Public Interest and...

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Scrambled, Over Easy or Contaminated?

Posted August 20, 2010 | 11:36:22 (EST)

Egg Recall Another Reason For Senate to Pass the FDA Food Safety Bill and Make Sure Unsafe Food Never Makes it to Store Shelves

Like many consumers, I learned over breakfast about this week's recall of 380 million eggs (that's 32 million dozen if you're counting) by Iowa-based Wright County...

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In The Public Interest: Worst Case Scenarios Really Happen

Posted July 16, 2010 | 09:54:55 (EST)

The April 20 explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the subsequent ongoing leak of millions of gallons of oil have called attention to the fact that worst case scenarios actually do happen.

And when they do, the actual event can be markedly worse than the even the projected...

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In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Posted June 2, 2010 | 09:43:29 (EST)

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (name that food) that was recalled? Does this have high fructose corn syrup in it?

These are all important, and we can...

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In The Public Interest: States Take Important First Steps on BPA

Posted March 5, 2010 | 11:15:46 (EST)

Ask any new parent about their child's first steps. It's as if they took a walk on the moon instead of toddling from the sofa to the ottoman.

In the past month, three states recently took critical first steps forward in the journey to get toxic chemicals out...

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In The Public Interest: Preventing the Unthinkable

Posted December 2, 2009 | 15:59:53 (EST)

On December 3, 1984, people in Bhopal, India, woke up to fits of coughing as their lungs filled with fluid. More than 40 tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas had created a dense cloud over a population of more than half a million people following a chemical gas spill from...

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