Archive for September, 2014

Federal Regulators ban Dangerous High-Powered Magnet sets that can Injure and kill Children

Filed September 26th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Some of the high-powered magnets found in a variety of toys and games including Buckyballs have been banned by federal regulators after several children were injured and at least one toddler died after ingesting one of the powerful magnets. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that between 2009 and 2013 nearly 3,000 children […]

Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Vehicles over key Ignition Switch Problems Similar to Those Plaguing General Motors

Filed September 26th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

More than 350,000 Chrysler cars and SUVs are being recalled due to defective ignition switches that could cause the vehicles to stall. The auto maker has recalled 2 million vehicles because of the problem thus far. The latest recall affects model year 2008 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans […]

Movie Theater M&Ms Recalled due to Undeclared Ingredient

Filed September 23rd, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Several lots of M&Ms candies sold in movie theaters have been recalled by Mars Chocolate North America due to undeclared peanut butter. Mars is recalling its M&M’s Brand Theater Box 3.40-oz. UPC #40000294764. The boxes of chocolate candies may contain peanut butter that is not listed in the ingredients listed on the outside of the […]

FDA Critical of Electric Cigarettes

Filed September 19th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to raise questions concerning the overall safety of electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes gained popularity several years ago as an alternative delivery system for nicotine that involve vapors instead of smoke. Makers of e-cigarettes have maintained that their products are safer than traditional cigarettes, but not everyone is buying […]

Artificial Sweeteners may be Making Consumers fat and Promoting Type 2 Diabetes

Filed September 19th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

The popular artificial sweeteners Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin) may be making Americans fatter and unhealthier, Israeli researchers say. That information conflicts with guidelines jointly published in 2012 by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association that noted that artificial sweeteners “when used judiciously…could facilitate reductions in added sugar,” and […]

FDA Issues Warning on Popular Acne Treatments

Filed September 15th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed the public that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause serious and even life-threatening allergic reactions. The acne products the FDA is warning about are sold over-the-counter (OTC) and applied to the skin. Their serious allergic reactions […]

E-cigarettes May Start Teens Down a Path of Addiction

Filed September 10th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

The makers of e-cigarettes have touted their products as a “healthy” alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but new data paints a vastly different picture of the increasingly popular personal nicotine delivery systems. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have found that e-cigarettes serve as a conduit to marijuana and other drug use in teenagers. “While e-cigarettes […]

Settlement Agreement is Approved in Class Action Lawsuit Against Lenovo U Series Computers with Inadequate Wi-Fi Capabilities

Filed September 9th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

A preliminary settlement has been approved in a class action suit against Lenovo, Inc. The company is accused of manufacturing and marketing IdeapadU310 and U410 “U Series” computers with inadequate Wi-Fi capabilities. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, approved the preliminary settlement agreement against Lenovo, Inc. (Garrett Kacsuta and […]

CVS is no Longer a one-stop shop for your Prescriptions, Household Needs and Cigarettes

Filed September 8th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

Cigarettes are no longer for sale at CVS stores seven months after the company announced it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,700 stores. The national pharmacy chain proudly announced September 3 that it had beat its goal of phasing out cigarettes by October 1, according to LongIsland.com.

Class Action Alleges Protein Supplement Contains Far Less Protein than its Label Claims

Filed September 4th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of consumers who purchased the protein supplement product Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein. The lawsuit was filed on August 25, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case No. 1:14-cv-05030).