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News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Consumer Protection, Food

Consumers Call on Stop and Shop to Label GMOs, On Anniversary of Whole Foods Labeling Commitment

Consumer and health and food safety advocates launched a campaign calling on Stop and Shop to label its store-brand products for ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods’ announcement that it will adopt labeling for all products in its stores.

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Report | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Consumer Protection

Debt Collectors, Debt Complaints: The CFPB's Consumer Complaint Database Gets Real Results for Consumers

Debt collectors trying to collect debt from the wrong person were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a report released today by the MASSPIRG Education Fund. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Consumer Protection

Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints

Massachusetts Consumers Getting Relief through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Public Consumer Complaints Database

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

New Report: University Campuses Like Harvard and UMass Boston Are Transportation Trailblazers as Students Lead Shift From Driving

As Millennials lead a national shift away from driving, universities like Harvard and UMass Boston are giving students new options for getting around and becoming innovators in transportation policy, according to a new report released today.

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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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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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Blue Cross speeds up its customer service for one week


“It appears to be gaming the survey,” Cummings said. “In the end, that’s a disservice to the consumer. The results are artificially inflated. The question it raises is: why not do this every week? Clearly, they have the capacity to resolve complaints quickly. They’re demonstrating that capacity.”

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