Topic: Consumer Reports
Bear Naked Fruit and Nut granola only cereal deemed “excellent” for taste; Four offerings from Kellogg’s and Post were both tasty and nutritious
Yonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of cereals, two store brands, Market Pantry Frosted Shredded Wheat (Target) and Great Value Raisin Bran (Walmart), tasted Very Good and were deemed CR Best Buys, beating out name-brand products from Kellogg’s and Post. Of the 26 cereals tested, most of them rich in fiber, more than two-thirds were Very Good or Excellent in taste. «Read the rest of this article»
Appliances that are most likely to start a fire; Plus, ways consumers can protect themselves
Yonkers, NY – An alarming number of appliance fires are caused by the units themselves as opposed to human error.
The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, identifies six appliances that cause the most fires and tips on how to minimize the risk. «Read the rest of this article»
Bill would deliver better labels, stronger requirements for manufacturers, more information for consumers
Washington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today endorsed the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013 introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).
Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “Millions of Americans take dietary supplements regularly. Many supplements may be safe and healthful, but there are numerous ingredients found in a variety of supplements that pose significant dangers to consumers. This bill would mean stronger requirements for manufacturers to deliver safe products and better labels with more information for consumers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Truly free financial products and services; Plus, not-so-hot giveaways
Yonkers, NY – There are free financial products and services to be had, but consumers may have to shell out money to get some of them.
The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features an up-close look at five truly free financial products and services including checking accounts and tax filing. «Read the rest of this article»
Ratings Analyze Length of Hospital Stays and Mortality Rates; Includes Ratings for Five Common Surgery Types
Yonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery.
In Tennessee, 38 Hospitals were evaluated. Only the Center for Spinal Surgery and Saint Thomas Hospital, both in Nashville, TN, got a top rating. Seven Tennessee Hospitals were ranked at the bottom which included The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville TN, and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, to name a couple. Thirty Tennessee Hospitals were ranked average including Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN. «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – When Consumer Reports ran its durability tests on the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 blender, it found that knife-sharp fragments broke off from the same place on the blade assembly on three separate units.
Consumer Reports gives Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk rating.
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Plus, where to Save the Most Money on School Supplies
Yonkers, NY – The new school year is more than a month away, but back-to-school sales are already in full swing. To get real steals on school and office supplies, shoppers should hit stores during the first days of August.
The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features five easy tricks for saving on educational essentials.
Save on Back to School Supplies
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Mobile tools to get shoppers organized and find deals at the grocery store
Yonkers, NY – Bad shopping habits can be tough to break – just ask the 63 percent of Americans in ShopSmart’s new national grocery shopping survey who admitted to buying things they don’t need because of a coupon or a sale.
The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, highlights new mobile tools that can get supermarket shoppers organized while saving them time and money at the store. «Read the rest of this article»
10 ppb Action Level for Arsenic Important First Step
Yonkers, NY – “We are pleased to see the Food and Drug Administration taking this action,” says Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. ” Proposing a10 ppb guidance for apple juice—the same level set for water—is a reasonable first step in protecting consumers from unnecessary exposure to arsenic.”
“It also offers an important enforcement and accountability tool for regulators and a key benchmark for apple juice manufacturers,” said Rangan. «Read the rest of this article»
But, more than one-third of Americans refused to bargain for better deals on products and services; Plus, six savvy haggling tips
Yonkers, NY – Consumers who don’t haggle are leaving money on the table. A new nationally representative survey of 2,000 Americans by Consumer Reports found that just 48 percent of shoppers tried bargaining for a better deal on everyday goods and services during the past three years, down from 61 percent in 2007.
And most of those who bothered to negotiate received a discount at least once during that period. «Read the rest of this article»