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Unsafe foods putting American lives at risk

Over the past few years, Americans have grown accustomed to seeing headlines about tainted foods being recalled and pulled off of store shelves. Recent recalls included contaminated cantaloupe, mangoes, papayas, peanut butter, ground turkey and beef, and yellow-fin tuna.

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Holiday shoppers being enticed with layaways

 

Consumer watchdogs say layaway is generally a good deal, especially if the stores do not tack on any additional fees. They’re a good alternative to customers racking up charges on high-interest credit cards, said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for MassPIRG.

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REPORT CLAIMS "BROKEN" FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM

Food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Total Food Recall

Boston, October 24 – Despite government commitments to address the problem, food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken, according to a new report by MASSPIRG.  In just the last 21 months here in Massachusetts, 48 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls, costing the state $532 thousand.

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Report | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Total Food Recall

No Progress in Reducing Foodborne Illness

Over the past few years, Americans have grown accustomed to seeing headlines about tainted food being recalled and pulled off of store shelves.  These high-profile recalls leave many Americans wondering whether enough is being done to reduce the risk of contaminated food and foodborne illness. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Youth Want More Transportation Options

A new report released today by MASSPIRG Education Fund demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of the last decade. It outlines how young people are increasingly disinterested in driving and prefer transportation alternatives.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

A 23% Fare Hike Isn’t the Answer

Statement of MASSPIRG Staff Attorney Lizzi Weyant on the MBTA Board of Directors vote, approving a 23% fare hike on the T

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News Release | MASSPIRG and Demos | Health Care

New Report Highlights the Painful Impact of Federal “Regulatory Reform” Proposals

A new report finds that Massachusetts’ lives, health and livelihoods would be at risk if so-called “regulatory reform” proposals in Congress were to become law, slowing or stopping the regulatory process. The report details the number of Baystaters harmed in just a one-year delay in the upcoming rulemaking process for two critical consumer protection laws: the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) higher standard in limiting soot in the air, and the Food and Drug Administrations’ new rules for the safe handling of produce.

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News Release | T4MA | Transportation

MBTA proposals don’t solve the problem

Statement of MASSPIRG Staff Attorney, Lizzi Weyant, on the MBTA’s new recommendations for closing its FY13 budget gap.

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Media Hit | Tax

Boston Globe - State tax code reforms are long overdue

Legislative Director, Deirdre Cummings, responds to “Panel to urge fewer tax breaks’’ as it perfectly illustrates the need for significant reform in the state tax code.

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