Topic: Consumer Reports
Washington, D.C. – New regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education will help protect students from unfair campus banking card practices that can eat into financial aid funds, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. The new rules cover banking cards will go into effect in July 2016.
“Students deserve safe and convenient access to their financial aid funds without incurring costly charges,” said Suzanne Martindale, staff attorney for Consumers Union. “We applaud the Department of Education for taking action to protect students using campus banking products from aggressive marketing, restricted choices, and high fees.” «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Tests shows Conventional Ground Beef Twice as Likely to Contain Superbugs as Sustainable Beef
Yonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports new tests of ground beef, 18 percent of the beef samples from conventionally-raised cows contained dangerous superbugs resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics used to treat illness in humans compared with just 9 percent of beef from samples that were sustainably produced.
Consumer Reports’ investigation comes as food poisonings are striking an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. each year with beef being a top cause of outbreaks. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Poll reveals One-Third of Americans Slammed by Sticker Shock at the Pharmacy as Drug Costs Soar
Yonkers, NY – The rising cost of prescription drug prices – even on traditionally low-cost generics – is taking a toll on many consumers’ wallets.
According to a new nationally representative poll from Consumer Reports, one-third of consumers who currently take a prescription medication said they paid higher drug prices at the pharmacy, paying on average an extra $39.00 for their prescriptions. And, one in 10 reported paying a $100.00 or more out-of-pocket.
Consumer Reports digs into Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices
Poor Credit May Raise Premiums Higher Than a Drunk Driving Conviction
Yonkers, NY – The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.
The organization, which believes that knowledge about the going rate of any product or service is a fundamental consumer right, has released the findings of a two-year, in-depth car insurance investigation. The report analyzed more than 2 billion price quotes for sample drivers that were obtained in August and November 2014 from more than 700 companies across all 33,419 general U.S. ZIP codes. «Read the rest of this article»
Pressure Builds for Phone Carriers to Provide Customers With Call-Blocking Tools
Yonkers, NY – Attorneys General from 45 states around the country called on the major phone companies today to provide their customers with effective tools to help stop the flood of unwanted robocalls.
The effort comes just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission made clear that phone companies can and should offer such tools and as nearly 330,000 Americans have joined Consumers Union’s End Robocalls campaign calling on them to do so. «Read the rest of this article»
Citing continued danger to young children, CR calls for tougher safety standards
Yonkers, NY – Consumer Reports today announced that it would no longer recommend liquid laundry detergent pods because of the continued high-rate of accidental poisonings of young children attributable to those products.
The organization now strongly urges households where children younger than 6 are ever present to refrain from purchasing them. «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – Decades of inaction to curb the overuse of life-saving antibiotics by physicians, dentists, patients, and farmers has created hard-to-treat “superbugs” that are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences, according to Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the unrestrained use of antibiotics sickens at least 2.25 million Americans each year and kills another 37,000 people.
Advocates Urge CFPB to Protect Seniors From Reverse Mortgage Abuses
Washington, D.C. – A new study released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that many advertisements for reverse mortgages contain incomplete or inaccurate information that can pose a serious risk to seniors who take out such loans. The study was issued in conjunction with an advisory to consumers warning them to “watch out for misleading and confusing reverse mortgage advertisements.”
Consumers Union and Californians for Nursing Home Reform praised the CFPB for alerting seniors about the deceptive ads and urged the consumer watchdog to adopt reforms to protect seniors from reverse mortgage abuses. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization, on Monday announced its commitment to help wipe out antibiotic-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”
Infections related to the use of antibiotics sicken about 2.25 million Americans each year and kill 37,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Results reveal many provide excellent protection from UVA & UVB rays, some at a low cost; Natural sunscreens don’t work all that well according to CR’s tests
Yonkers, NY – When shopping for sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is usually an important feature for consumers. Consumer Reports recently tested 34 sunscreens and found almost a third of them didn’t meet the SPF claim on their labels, missing the mark by anywhere from 16 to 70 percent.
But there’s good news too: many of the sunscreens Consumer Reports tested met their SPF claims and some of the most effective products were also the lowest-priced. «Read the rest of this article»
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