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PIRG Consumer Watchdog: Asbestos Found In Children's Products

By | Dev Gowda
Director, Campaign for Toxic-Free Products

The PIRG Consumer Watchdog team recently found that three different products sold by national retail brand Claire’s contain alarming amounts of asbestos. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers it “unacceptable” for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos, and doctors say that there is no safe limit of asbestos.

America Has A Trash Problem

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

A solution to America’s trash problem requires a paradigm shift in how we, as a country, think about waste. For that shift to happen, we need to examine the parts of the system that we don’t see every day.

What You Haven’t Heard About that Bad Banking Bill; It Preempts State Identity Theft Reforms

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

We're opposing S2155 on the Senate floor this week. The main message against in the media has been that it puts mortgage borrowers at risk of bad loans and racial discrimination. Worse, it puts our economy at risk by removing important bank regulator tools to rein in risky practices by giant and big banks. For that matter, it could even allow risky practices to migrate to community banks. But there's more. The bill's so-called consumer protection provisions intended to offset its rollbacks, including its free credit freeze, aren't that good and preempt stronger state actions.

Six Months Out From Equifax Hack, Are Consumers Any Better Protected?

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Consumers agree: Equifax must be held accountable for its wrongdoing. Yet the Trump administration and Congress still haven’t taken action to do that, or to better protect consumers from identity theft in the future. What are they waiting for?

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