Week of September 2, 2019 (see last week)
Amazon Found Selling 1000s of Banned, Unsafe, or Mislabeled Products
A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale at Amazon.com that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators—items that big-box retailers’ policies would bar from their shelves. [NOTE: click the X in the WSJ pop-up to reveal full story.] Among those items, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about health risks to children. Here is Amazon's response to the WSJ story. And here are tips from the WSJ on how to safety-proof your Amazon orders.
Danger at the Deli Counter
A Tufts University School of Nutrition professor tells Consumer Reports that "there is no known safe level of processed meat" like cold cuts, hot dogs, etc. irrespective of whether they have nitrates/nitrites or not. Harvard researchers found that eating just 1/2 ounce of deli meat, or 1/2 a hot dog, or one slice of bacon a day raised the risk of dying by 13-percent over the next eight years. (MrConsumer must be publishing Consumer World from heaven by now.) Seriously, read these cautions from Consumer Reports.
25 Companies That Will Send You Products to Test for Free
The Krazy Coupon Lady website has posted a list of over two dozen companies that will send you product samples for free in exchange for reviewing them. If the review is going to be made public, be sure to preface your comments by a statement that you received the product free (pursuant to FTC guidelines).
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Mouse Print* -- Some Coupons Have Secret "Start" Dates
Everyone knows that an expired coupon will cause a checkout register to beep and be rejected. But MrConsumer encountered a situation about a week ago where a not-yet-expired coupon was similarly rejected for the most unexpected reason.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
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