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2010-12-08 17:19:00

In the news release, Consumer Reports: New Tests Reinforce Concerns About Mercury In Tuna, issued 07-Dec-2010 by Consumer Reports over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the 3rd paragraph needed to be revised to clarify Consumer Reports' recommendations for how much tuna a child should eat. The complete, revised release follows: Consumer Reports: New Tests Reinforce Concerns About Mercury In Tuna Younger Women and Children Should Limit How Much Tuna They Eat; Pregnant...

2010-12-07 09:33:00

Advocates Call For Stricter Oversight of Growing Reverse Mortgage Market SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the market for reverse mortgages grows, concerns are mounting that an increasing number of seniors are being misled into signing up for a complicated financial product that may squander their equity prematurely or put them at risk for losing their homes. In a new report released today, advocates for consumers and seniors are calling for stricter oversight of...

2010-12-07 05:42:00

YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports' latest tests of 42 samples from cans and pouches of tuna bought primarily in the New York metropolitan area and online confirm that white (albacore) tuna usually contains far more mercury than light tuna. Canned tuna, Americans' favorite fish, is the most common source of mercury in our diet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say that women of childbearing age and young...

2010-12-07 05:28:00

Consumers Union Asks Consumer Product Safety Commission to Investigate Glass Bakeware YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A year-long investigation by Consumer Reports reveals that while hundreds of millions of glass baking dishes are used safely each year, hot glassware can shatter unexpectedly, sometimes causing serious injuries. The report details several stories of glass bakeware breaking and shattering, leading off with the story of a grandmother on Thanksgiving...

2010-11-29 17:40:00

Consumers Union Calls For Stronger Prepaid Card Protections For Consumers WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just a few weeks after launching their own prepaid debit card, the Kardashian sisters have decided to end their contract with the bank that issued the high cost "Kardashian Kard" after being roundly criticized for marketing it to teens. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports had criticized the Kardashians last week for cashing in on their...

2010-11-16 12:49:00

Large Majority of Consumers Want Right to Choose Whether to Be Covered by Fee-Based Overdraft Programs for Checks WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two months after new federal regulations started requiring banks to get their customers' permission before signing them up for costly debit card overdraft programs, a national poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center has found that only one-fifth of consumers holding an ATM or debit card have chosen to opt-in....

2010-11-16 09:47:00

Consumers Union Calls For Public Reporting of Medical Errors To Hold Hospitals Accountable For Improving Patient Safety WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study released today by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that one in seven Medicare patients were harmed by the care they received in the hospital during a month studied by the agency. The study shows that hospital patients are harmed much more frequently than previously estimated and points...

2010-10-28 00:00:43

"Consumer Reports is well-known for its due diligence in assessing product and service quality, which makes their selection of the ShopSavvy ScannerKit SDK all the more impressive," said Alexander Muse, co-founder of Big in Japan. Dallas, TX (Vocus) October 27, 2010 Big in Japan, the leader in barcode-powered shopping by mobile consumers, announced that Consumer Reports has incorporated ShopSavvy barcode-scanning technology in its newly released iPhone app, Consumer Reports Mobile...

2010-10-18 06:00:00

YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers want unbiased information before they make a purchase; and now they can get it right where they need it most: in the aisle of any store. Today, iPhone users can download Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper(TM), a new app, with an introductory price of $9.99 for the first year (the app will sell for $14.99 beginning January 1, 2011), which provides instant access to Ratings, Recommendations, Brand Reliability and Buying Advice on...

2010-10-05 05:00:00

President Obama Answers Questions on Health Reform YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With open enrollment season now underway, consumers with employer-based health insurance can take advantage of the once-a-year opportunity to switch plans. To help consumers compare health insurance plans, Consumer Reports Health is today publishing rankings of 227 HMOs and Point of Service (POS) plans. The Rankings are produced by the non-profit National Committee for Quality Assurance...