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New Law Turns 4 This Week-- Got The Lead Out of Kids Toys

By | Nasima Hossain
Public Health Advocate

This week marks the 4th birthday of PIRG-backed legislation that gave the Consumer Product Safety Commission new tools, including the power to get the lead out of kids toys.

Bumbo, CPSC Recall Baby Seat Linked To Skull Fractures

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo, maker of a baby seat linked to at least 21 skull fractures, have announced a repair recall to install a free safety belt. U.S. PIRG and other consumer groups had pressured them to act.

FTC files latest challenge to "pay for delay" generic drug deals

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

Today the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a legal brief "challenging an agreement between drug manufacturers Wyeth and Teva Pharmaceuticals" where plaintiffs allege "Teva agreed to delay its introduction of a generic version of Wyeth’s blockbuster antidepressant drug Effexor XR." Fighting anti-competitive prescription drug deals that cost consumers "billions" is a signature issue for Chairman Jon Leibowitz's FTC.

Is CDC Hiding Their New Data on Foodborne Illness

By | Nasima Hossain
Public Health Advocate

Late on the 27th of July, a Friday evening, without any notice to consumer groups and food safety advocates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual report of foodborne illness data for 2011. Why the secrecy?

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