This week in safety: Calls for food safety reform

Consumer Reports News: February 20, 2009 03:51 PM

With the list of recalled peanut products associated with the ongoing salmonella outbreak topping 2,000 it's no wonder that food safety was on the collective minds of the nation's newspaper editors this week. A chorus of calls for change came from newspapers as large as the New York Times and as small as the News Leader in the Shenandoah Valley, which opined: "More is at stake than the great American classic, the PB&J." The Associated Press wrote that food poisoning strikes one in four Americans every year but that the vast majority of cases go unreported. The report noted that the number of suspected cases has held steady in recent years even though recent outbreaks like the ones caused by peanut products and peppers make it seem otherwise. That's small comfort if you are one of the more than 660 people stricken in the current outbreak.

Food-safety worries change purchase behavior
Marketing Charts
More than nine in 10 US consumers (93 percent) have recently read or heard reports of food safety issues and recalls, and almost a fourth say the recalls will change their long-term food-buying behavior, according to a recent study. Read more ...

Door latch defect results in recall of 30,000 Mazda6 cars
U.S. News
Mazda will recall about 30,000 of its newly redesigned Mazda6 sedans due to a defect that could allow the doors to open while the car is traveling. Read more ...

Federal law bans children's ATV sales
Earlier this month the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned toys with lead in them. The law bans lead from products intended for children younger than the age of 12. It includes products like cribs and games, but also includes ATVs and motorbikes. Read more ...

Jury awards $157 million in tree stand death
Associated Press
Jurors have awarded a Lafayette, Ind. woman $157 million in a lawsuit against the makers of a tree stand that malfunctioned, resulting in her husband's death. Read more ... Read the recall notice.

Scope widens in Chinese drywall case
Sarasota Herald Tribune
The problem of defective Chinese drywall is no longer confined to coastal Florida. ... The Washington, D.C.-based America's Watchdog says that its own investigation has found defective Chinese drywall in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Texas. Read more ...

Burn awareness campaign teaches families how to avoid this hazard
Home Safety Council
New research conducted by the national nonprofit Home Safety Council and H2otStop reveals that, while most adults in America (82 percent) agree that there are actions they could take to reduce the risk of burns in their home, nearly half (44 percent) say they haven’t done so because they don’t believe burns are a serious danger. Read more ...

Groups to sue cleaning product makers for ingredient disclosure
Los Angeles Times
The makers of Tide, Ajax and other common household cleansers are being asked to come clean about their ingredients. Read more ...

NY Sen. Gillibrand removes guns from under bed
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has moved the two rifles that she kept under the bed to protect her upstate New York home, her spokesman said. Gillibrand has two small children. Read more ...

DIY electricians warned: You're dicing with death
Sydney Morning Herald
Cash-strapped householders attempting DIY electrical work are risking death, with a new survey in Australia showing one in four people undertake repairs at home. Read more ...

OldNavy6 Roses are red, lipstick (still) has lead
Any day now, President Obama will name the head of the Food and Drug Administration, and the question is: Will the new FDA revive its passion for the public interest, or continue giving consumers the toxic kiss off? Case in point: lead in lipstick. Read more ...

Don't miss these recalls

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

More From Consumer Reports

The Best Matching Washers and Dryers These washer-dryer pairs cleaned up in Consumer Reports' tests.
Best 4K TVs to Buy Right Now The top picks from the hundreds of 4K TVs we've tested.
Best New Car Deals Save money on the cars that Consumer Reports recommends.
How to Pick the Right Size Generator for Your House Add up the items you need to power before making your choice.


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more