Archive for August, 2010

Feds review low blood pressure drug

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The FDA is seeking to withdraw its approval of ProAmatine, a drug that’s been used to treat low blood pressure since 1996, because clinical studies haven’t shown any benefit to patients.
For details, click here.

About that egg recall

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

That spreading recall of eggs due to salmonella concerns hasn’t affected Michigan — at least not yet — but it underscores the need for safe handling of eggs from any source.
Though they might not seem so, eggshells are relatively porous, although the membrane inside the shell protects the white and yolk.
An egg can be contaminated from a range of sources as can any unprotected food product. The salmonella issue probably relates to the fact that big egg production houses often have chickens confined in small cages and adequate cleaning and sanitation are lacking.
For details on the current status of the egg recall and safe handling tips, click here.

Folding chairs can collapse

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Small wooden folding chairs sold at Kroger and other stores are being recalled because they can collapse.
Details of the problem and instructions for getting a refund may be found by clicking here.

Double strollers have faulty latches

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

“Zooper” double strollers made by Lan are being recalled because the front latches have a flaw that can cause the stroller to collapse while in use.
For details, click here.

Bogus package delivery notices sent

Friday, August 13th, 2010

A marketing firm that has been the source of consumer complaints nationwide appears to be targeting Southeastern Michigan.
Express Package Delivery of Tyler, Texas is sending “Sorry we missed you!!!” postcards to consumers in the area claiming that a package could not be delivered to your address.
It includes a phone number and instructs the recipient to “Call to schedule pickup.” But consumers who call are asked for the 12-digit pickup number and then told that they have a free vacation package. Consumers are then asked for a credit card number to pay for a “…nominal delivery fee,” which must be paid in advance.
The firm has been the subject of numerous consumer complaints and gets the lowest rating from Better Business Bureaus in several states due to deceptive marketing practices.

Canning: Better safe than sorry

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

With fresh veggies now ripening on the vine, the home canning season is upon us.
Canning can stretch your grocery budget, but safe preparation and canning techniques are needed to avoid a costly trip to the emergency room due to food poisoning.
For an overview on safe canning procedures, click here.

Some baby monitors being recalled

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Some wireless video baby monitors made by Circus World are being recalled because they can catch fire.
For details, click here.

Feds nail bogus Internet Listing Service

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Federal officials are cracking down on Internet Listing Service, a Canadian scam that bilked thousands of small businesses and consumers by illegitimately invoicing them for Internet domain name registrations.
For details, click here.

Fisher-Price campsites pose hazards

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Little People Play N Go Campsite playsets made by Fisher-Price are being recalled because some of the parts can pose a choking hazard to youngsters,
For more information, click here.

Pet foods could be contaminated

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Certain Iams and Eukanuba dry dog foods are being recalled because they might be contaminated with salmonella, which could sicken pets or humans.
For details, click here.

Mineral supplement can harm health

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Federal officials are warning consumers not to consume a product called “Miracle Mineral Supplement” because when it’s used as directed — mixed with a citrus juice — it produces an industrial bleach that can harm one’s health.
For details on the warning, click here.

Some supplement ingredients dangerous

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Some ingredients in supplements could be deadly, according to ConsumerReportsHealth.
An investigation found some supplements, especially those made overseas, were contaminated with hazardous metals. Others contain natural ingredients that could result in serious side effects or death.
For a list of the dozen ingredients you should avoid in supplements, click here.

Dead soldiers recruited for Net scams

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command says scammers are using the names of dead U.S. soldiers to convince female Internet users to part with their money.
The scammers pretend to be U.S. servicemen serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and use the true rank and name of soldiers — sometimes deceased troops — and photos from the Internet to build a false identity to lure victims.
The scams often involve request money to purchase laptops, international phones and transportation fees to be used by the “deployed soldier.”
Army officials warn people to be suspicious if they begin an online relationship with someone claiming to be an American soldier who within a matter of weeks is asking for money or marriage.
For more details, click here.

Solar umbrellas being recalled

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Solar lighted umbrellas sold by Bed, Bath & Beyond are being recalled because they can collapse and injure users. For more details, click here.

FCC launches consumer site

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission just launched an online “Consumer Help Center” that includes a range of information, including tips for making the best choices when buying communications devices and services.
Located at, it also allows consumers to have their voices heard by filing comments on issues that interest them, and file a complaint when there are problems.
“Our new Consumer Help Center makes it easy for consumers to learn about our work and take action,” says Joel Gurin, Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC. “Here, in one place, consumers can do a number of things such as read about consumer issues, get practical advice for avoiding problems, file a complaint, comment on our rulemakings, or read what our FCC experts are saying in our Consumer Blog.”