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The Food Safety Modernization Act Needs Proper Funding

Congress and the FDA can help prevent foodborne illness before it reaches the consumer This year, one in six Americans will get sick from foodborne diseases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That amounts to nearly 50 million people, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations, and, tragically, 3,000 deaths. A salmonella outbreak […]

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Posted by Kara Kelber on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Protect Yourself from the T-Mobile/Experian Data Breach

Last week, consumers learned of yet another serious data breach that could compromise their personal information. On Thursday, T-Mobile announced that a hacker was able to access information held by Experian, the credit bureau that runs credit checks for T-Mobile.  An estimated 15 million people could be impacted. Those affected include consumers who applied for T-Mobile service […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Monday, October 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

New Payment Cards: What You Need to Know

Do you have a payment card with a chip on it? You should, as banks and merchants are under pressure from the payment card networks (Visa, MasterCard) to get consumers to use chip-enabled cards by October 1. The chips – little gold microprocessors that are built into the card (see picture) – make payment cards […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

CFPB stands up for students, announces it will explore new rules for education loan servicers

Big news today from our consumer watchdog agency!  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is publicly announcing that it plans to develop first-ever rules of the road for companies like Sallie Mae and others that handle students’ loans after they leave school.  Working with the Department of Education and Treasury to develop recommendations, the CFPB […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | No Comments »

Report: Prepaid Users Turned Down for Bank Accounts More Often

Prepaid users may be relying on prepaid accounts because they can’t get a bank account, according to a new report. Mercator finds that 2 in 5 prepaid users and mobile pay use have been turned down for a new bank account within the last year: “U.S. consumers who purchase general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Monday, September 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

It’s Time for the Government to Help Victims of College Fraud

With another school year in full swing, students and families are embarking on the journey of higher education with hopes of better days and opportunities ahead.  But all too many students have been burned in recent years by schools making false promises that put them into debt for a low-quality education and weak job prospects. […]

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Posted by Suzanne Martindale on Monday, September 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Low-Down Dozen: Consumer Reports flags twelve hospitals for low infection prevention ratings

Too many hospitals are allowing superbugs to gang up on patients. This summer, Consumer Reports released a groundbreaking series on antibiotic-resistant superbugs and for the first time ever, Consumer Reports rated hospitals based on their infection rates for MRSA and C.diff. These are two of the most common and deadly bacterial infections in hospitals.  Our latestsuperbug […]

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Posted by Daniela Nunez on Monday, September 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Beware of Credit Card Add-Ons

In recent years, banks have been attracting some unwanted attention about their add-on credit card products. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Citibank and its subsidiaries $700 million for deceptive credit-card add-on marketing practices, which affected about 7 million consumer accounts. One example of a credit card add-on is Citibank’s “Credit Protector,” which […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

We Told the Regulators What’s On Our Mind—Now It’s Your Turn

Back in August, we blogged that with Covered California’s 2015 health insurance premium announcement it was “time to do our research.” And for the past month, that’s what we’ve done—along with filing two comment letters with the Department of Managed Health Care. Although the overall rates are the smallest health insurance increases in California proposed […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Which fast food chains serve meat on drugs? A new report grades restaurants on their meat and poultry antibiotic policies

By Tricia Calvo, cross-posted from Consumer Reports.  Several fast food chains have made headlines recently announcing that they’ll stop serving meat raised with antibiotics, but a new report from Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, and five other organizations finds that 20 of the 25 top restaurant chains have made no commitment to […]

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Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | 25 Comments »

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