Yonkers, NY – A review of a series of in-depth studies conducted by Consumer Reports show that, in general, meat, poultry and shrimp from animals raised without antibiotics are less likely to harbor multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally-produced meat from animals that get the drugs routinely.
During the past three years, Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has conducted tests of bacterial contamination in four different types of primarily raw and uncooked meat while also examining antibiotic resistance of bacteria as a consequence of antibiotic overuse, including the presence of dangerous “superbugs.” Hundreds of packages of meat, poultry and shrimp were methodically tested for bacteria and antibiotic resistance and analyzed by an expert team of scientists and statisticians.
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 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.
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»
Consumer Reports Tests Found Insect Repellents That Are Safer, More Effective Than Some Deet Products
For the first time, picaridin & oil of lemon eucalyptus products top the ratings
Yonkers, NY – there is good news for consumers concerned about dousing their skin with potentially harmful repellents in order to arm themselves against insect bites. Consumer Reports tests found the more effective bug repellents were also among the safer choices.
For the first time ever in Consumer Reports tests, the top scorers (Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula & Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) outperformed products that contained up to 25 percent deet, a chemical that can cause serious side effects. «Read the rest of this article»
When it pays to buy recipe-ready fresh foods and when it doesn’t
Yonkers, NY – Precut fresh fruits, veggies, and meats may help get dinner on the table faster, but the markups on these can be huge.
The June 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovered how much more shoppers will pay for 12 ready-to-cook items versus their unprepped counterparts including onions and green beans, which pre-cut, cost 370 and 192 percent more respectively. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Tests of Frozen Shrimp finds Potentially Harmful Bacteria and Illegal Antibiotic Residues
Yonkers, NY – Shrimp has surpassed tuna in popularity, with each American consuming almost 4 pounds of it on average per year.
However, if shrimp isn’t raised, caught, and handled properly, this popular seafood item can pose some potential risks to consumers and the environment.
Consumer Reports recently tested 342 samples of frozen shrimp – 284 raw and 58 cooked – and found bacteria that can potentially make a consumer sick and illegal antibiotic residues that raise some cause for concern.
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