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Two victories this week on the food labeling front may help consumers make more informed decisions at the grocery store – although the changes won’t happen overnight. Connecticut became the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.    Passed by an overwhelming […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 7th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Without Cordray Confirmation, Senator Brown Sees “Limited Window” for CFPB Action on Debt Collectors

There’s been a growing tide of concern recently over debt collection practices, as debt collectors have taken aggressive steps to recover debt – oftentimes without verifying that their information on file is accurate. Since being established in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has worked to protect consumers from a wide variety of abusive […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, June 7th, 2013 | No Comments »

Air pollution and asthma: new e-book gives practical tips and ways to take action

Despite the enormous progress resulting from the Clean Air Act, the air is still filled with pollutants that result in the occurrence of asthma in almost 26 million Americas. Asthma is a chronic lung disease—the most common chronic disease effecting children today. It is a growing epidemic, already threatening the health of approximately 7 million […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | No Comments »

In Florida, a missed opportunity

What seemed like a long shot – covering a million uninsured Floridians – quickly became a real possibility in February when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his support for expanding Medicaid coverage with significant financial help from the Affordable Care Act.  But high hopes turned to major disappointment when the legislative session ended without a […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 | No Comments »

Texas maintains highest rate of uninsured, passes up opportunity to offer health coverage

Texas unfortunately boasts the nation’s highest uninsured rate at a stunning 1 out 4 residents. The impact of this massive number of uninsured Texans is seen in overcrowded emergency rooms, rapidly rising health insurance premiums, and some of the nation’s highest property tax rates — not to mention the untreated health problems facing this struggling […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 | 3 Comments »

CFPB Cracks Down on Illegal “Debt Relief” Practices

This week, the CFPB took action against a Florida company offering “debt relief” services – in other words, the promise to negotiate on your behalf to obtain a settlement at less then the original amount you borrowed. The CFPB’s complaint alleges that the company, American Debt Settlement Solutions (ADSS), routinely charged consumers illegal upfront fees […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 31st, 2013 | No Comments »

San Franciscians: tell Trader Joe’s no more meat on drugs

We know Bay Area folks have a lot of love for Trader Joe’s – after all, the city of San Francisco alone contains five Trader Joe’s stores within its mere 49 square miles. But what a lot of TJ’s shoppers don’t realize about one of their favorite grocery store chains is that much of the […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 | 6 Comments »

We’ve been talking turkey

Consumers Union activists have been making Congress sit up and listen about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics on healthy livestock. Incredibly, eighty percent of all antibiotics are given not to sick people but are sold for use in animals, mostly to make them grow faster and tolerate crowded and unsanitary factory farms.  That reckless practice […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 24th, 2013 | No Comments »

New Survey Points to Gaps in Knowledge about Credit Scores

Having a good credit score is more important than ever for consumers. Credit scores are used by many lenders when deciding whether to offer a mortgage, auto, credit card, or any other type of loan. Apartment rental companies and, in some states, insurance companies, will check credit scores as well. Still, a new survey, conducted […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Payday Loan Industry Needs Strong CFPB Oversight

Payday loans – the short-term loans with high fees that function as an advance on one’s paycheck – are a highly controversial financial product. While consumers easily can obtain these loans at a storefront lender or online, they can be very difficult to repay. Since many of the applicants aren’t able to repay the loans […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

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