Consumer Protection

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Rancho Feeding Recall: Why Sick Dairy Cows Might Be to Blame

    Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, has suspended operations indefinitely and is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat that has reached 30 states. In the words of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: The meat is "unfit for human food." The facility has "processed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Pomegranate Juice Not All It's Cracked up to Be

    The Federal Trade Commission is forcing POM Wonderful to stop exaggerating claims on their advertisements (see above). POM's main marketing campaign has showed that drinking the elixir from a bulbous, blood-red bottle can help treat heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    New York AG: Bronx Gas Station Charged $10 For Gallon Of Gas After Sandy

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced that his office has notified 12 additional gas station owners of his intent to "commence enforcement proceedings" against them after he claims they jacked up prices after Hurricane Sandy.In one case, the A.G. says, a gas station in the Bronx ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Sorry Guys, POM Does Not Cure Erectile Dysfunction

    Pom Wonderful Pomegranate products have long claimed that they can "treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction." It may be loaded with antioxidants, but according to a recent judge ruling -- the claims simply do not hold up. The judge ordered POM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Champions Push To Protect Privacy Of Smartphone Sexters

    ​Bad news, smart phone users: those penis private pics you snapped with your iPhone aren't as private as you'd probably hoped.Senator Chuck Schumer to the rescue.Schumer today announced that he's asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into whether smart phone apps on Apple a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Cop Shooter's Gun Could Have Been Bought For As Little As $30

    ​The revolver used in the shooting of Police Officer Kevin Brennan has a controversial history, and a reputation as a poorly made street gun that was likely passed from hand to hand over a period of many years and may have been used in other crimes before it got to would-be killer Luis Soto. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Introducing 'Uptown Restaurant Month'; The 20 Worst Kids' Foods in America

    ​Jamawn Woods, the creator of Soul Daddy, which was the winning concept on America's Next Great Restaurant but failed miserably weeks after opening, plans to reopen in his hometown of Detroit. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tyson is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef after a family in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Government Subsidizes Junk Food; Ferran Adrià Goes from Molecular to Home Cooking

    ​A new report has found that a significant chunk of federal subsidies for commodity crops go toward supporting high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food. [LA Times] Food donated for a nutrition program became contaminated with pesticides in Peru, poisoni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    McDonald's to Add Fruit to Happy Meals; Now Even Our Dogs Have Fancy Butchers

    ​McDonald's is changing its Happy Meals to include a serving of fruit or vegetable and fewer French fries. The new meals will begin to be rolled out in September and should be implemented nationally by April. [LA Times] Dickson's Farmstand is one of the high-end butchers providing grass-fed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    The Feds Confiscate Kinder Eggs, Putting Our Tax Dollars to Work

    ​The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking the Kinder egg threat very, very seriously. Following its ban of the dastardly chocolate eggs, the CPSC spent last week raiding stores that carry them.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Olive Garden Remodels to Look More Tuscan; Hunts Point Produce Market to Relocate After Losing Lease

    ​Gwyneth Paltrow is everywhere these days and might be coming to a newsstand near you. The actress is rumored to be [groan] planning a food magazine. [NY Post] Olive Garden is remodeling 400 of its more than 730 locations over the next two years to look more like Tuscan villas. [Nation's Res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Comfort Food Scientifically Proven to Chase Away Blues; Veggie Burgers Upgrade

    ​Comfort food is shown to chase away feelings of loneliness, according to a new study, which suggested that just thinking about foods from childhood can make people feel better. [Telegraph] Del Monte is recalling nearly 5,000 cartons of cantaloupes that may be contaminated with a form of sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Too Much Lead in Our Tap Water; Trader Joe's Recalls Cilantro

    ​City officials have advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before drinking or cooking with it due to elevated levels of lead. [NY Times] Some tips for shopping at the local farmers market: go early, talk to farmers but don't try to haggle with them, bring enough cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Essex Street Market Soybean Sprouts Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination

    Beware.​Government food recalls often seem to involve big, faceless industrial food monoliths, but here's one that feels a bit more personal: the New York State Agriculture Department has issued a recall for packaged soybean sprouts sold at Essex Farm, one of the produce vendors in the Essex S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Ants on Happy Meals; Deli Meats Recall

    ​Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Demaray is feeding her red harvester ants McDonald's Happy Meals for 30 days instead of their usual seeds as part of an installation at Exit Art. [NY Times] Albany is starting to enforce a state tax law that calls for sliced bagels to be taxed (whereas whole bagels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Purdue Calls for New Chicken Labels; Dairy Queen Seeks to Stop Blizzard Infringement

    ​The latest addition to the ever-growing list of food recalls: frozen mice. MiceDirect, which provides mice as snake food for pet owners, is recalling millions of frozen mice due to potential salmonella poisoning. [NY Times] Katie Holmes is flying in her favorite cupcakes, made by Todd Englis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Declares (Booze-Funded) War on Hipster Booze-Juice

    ​You've seen them in your local bodega, deli, or drug store. They sit there, those brightly-colored cans containing malt liquor, sugar, caffeine, and mystique, waiting for the young and not-sober-for-long masses waiting to pick them up and drain them down their thin, thirsty gizzards. Sparks. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    E. Coli Tracking: There Is Now a Product Recall App

    Follow E. coli here, there, any everywhere!​Can't keep track of whether it's spinach or peanut butter that's tainted with salmonella, or which industrial food product E. Coli's worked its way into week? The FDA wants to help. It's teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Prod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Picky Eaters Get Some Attention; New Yorkers with Small Kitchens

    ​Picky eaters, who have long stumped medical experts because their behaviors don't fit the traditional eating disorder profile, can now report on their unusual eating habits with the first national public registry of picky eating. [Wall Street Journal] A new study reveals that children are se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Uh-Oh: SpaghettiOs Recalled

    First salmonella in the frozen foods aisle, and now undercooked beef in cans of squishy pasta: The Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs thanks to a malfunctioning cooker in its Paris, Texas, plant that failed to thoroughly cook the meat. The thing apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Heidi Montag Gets Wet and Wild for Consumer Protection

    Heidi Montag Says No to Plastic from Heidi Montag Heidi Montag doesn't want you to go through the same thing she did. She doesn't have a problem with you getting plastic surgery, however. She just doesn't want you to pay for that surgery with a credit card. What a heart of gold! In an effort to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Pediatricians Want Hot Dogs, Other Foods "Redesigned" So Kids Won't Choke On Them

    The Food of the Future! ​The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that, despite the enormous number of frequently risible warning labels on everything, parents are still undereducated about the risk of choking ordinary foods pose for their small children. To address this, they have re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Pediatricians Call for Hot Dog Warning Labels, Redesign

    Robert SietsemaBark's pickle dog: little more than a heat-seeking torpedo bound for a child's airway.​ The American Amademy of Pediatrics wants warning labels slapped on hot dogs. Not because they contain sodium, fat, preservatives, and a variety of substances that may not actually be meat. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Sietsema and Others Muse on the Future of Food Journalism

    In this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Sietsema pens a feature on the history of restaurant reviewing; the importance of anonymity; the increasing number of writers not only identifying themselves, but also accepting free meals; and how food blogs and sites like Yelp have changed the lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Future Is Bleak for Foodies; Forget Jared. Meet Christine, Taco Bell's Diet Poster Girl

    ​The latest food recall comes from National Steak and Poultry in Oklahoma, which is recalling some 248,000 pounds of beef that might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. The meat could be linked to illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington. [ABC News] Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    New York to Get FoodWorks Food Plan Today; Rachael Ray Doles Out Illegal Food Smuggling Tips

    ​Babycakes' Erin McKenna uses garbanzo bean flour to replace white flour, coconut milk as a substitute for butter, and agave nectar as a low-glycemic sugar substitute. [NY Daily News] City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn will unveil a long-term plan on food policy today. The initiative, du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Death Crib for Cutie: 1.2 Million Cribs That Suffocate Babies Recalled

    ​The biblical plague begun by The Strollers That Chopped Off Fingers continues with the Cribs That Suffocate Babies. Four infants have been killed by Stork Craft cribs, the side panels of which apparently and unexpectedly drop by themselves sometimes and suffocate their inhabitants. The U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Potheads Beware: Nestle Raw Cookie Dough Is Back

    ​Following the nationwide recall of Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to salmonella contamination earlier this year, the company is now putting its raw cookie dough product back on supermarket shelves. The new packages feature a special blue seal that identifies the cookie dough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Small Fancy Foods & Big Spoiled Food

    Spoiled food alert: The latest in food safety scares is JBS Swift Beef's expanded recall of 380,000 pounds of meat products potentially contaminated with E. coli. Some 24 illnesses in multiple states prompted the investigation in the products. [Newsday] Oh, no they didn't! The Nestle plant at the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    More Food Recalls--Watch Out for Frozen Pasta and Alfalfa Sprouts

    Another food product recall has been announced. Frozen meat and poultry pasta from Mucci's Food Products were prepared without federal inspection and sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. No illnesses have been reported. [AP via Google] Meanwhile, the FDA is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Peanut Board Funds Subway Ads; Food Safety Regs Remain Unsatisfactory

    Spotted on the D train: one of the National Peanut Board's ads bearing its new slogan, "Peanuts: Energy for the Good Life." The ad could be for cell phones or anti-depression medication. It depicts a young man in a suit slumped on what appears to be a New York subway bench, clutching his phone as h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Another Food Scare: Now it's Pistachios

    More fodder for those who believe the FDA needs a total overhaul--another food recall! This time, it's pistachios. The recall involves one million pounds of the nuts, possibly contaminated with salmonella, produced by Setton Pistachios in California. The FDA recommends avoiding all pistachios and pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Fat Duck To Reopen

    Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant, the Fat Duck, will reopen tomorrow after being closed for over two weeks following a health scare. The restaurant closed on February 24th after some 40 customers complained of being sick following meals there. The number of customer complaints has sin ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009


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  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    ID Scammers Now Going After Food Stamps

    Most of us think of identity theft as something that affects holders of credit cards and internet shoppers. But now fraudsters are using a phone scam to get welfare recipients' social security numbers. Using these numbers to break into their victims' bank accounts seems beyond the crooks' ambitions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Bad Beef Eyed in Staten Island E. Coli Case

    City health officials are asking that New Yorkers toss out all Topps beef hamburgers because of two possible cases of E. Coli contamination. Authorities are probing two illnesses on Staten Island that may be related to 21 million pounds of beef recalled by Topps this weekend. A Staten Island woman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • News

    August 31, 2004

    Times Squared

    Beware the deals in NYC's land of lights, where bargains bite back

  • News

    March 18, 2003

    Paper Thin

    Are Computer Warranties Rip-Offs?

  • News

    May 1, 2001

    Sticker Shock

    The FTC Markets Censorship as Consumer Protection

  • News

    October 31, 2000

    The Incredible Shrinking Internet

    When Cable Monopolies Rule the Web, Everyone Loses

  • News

    March 7, 2000

    Click Back

    Privacy Hounds Bring DoubleClick to Heel—for Now

  • News

    April 13, 1999

    Crisis In Family Court

    The City Gets Tough On Child Abuse and Neglect, And The Judicial System Staggers Under The Load