Consumers Union of U.S. Inc.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Experts Take on the Two Sides of the GMO Debate

    A standout among the Brooklyn Food Book Fair's more agreeable events -- a talk about the Midwest's culinary identity, a conversation on social entrepreneurship -- was a contentious panel discussion on genetically engineered foods, presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Two scientists, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2013

    Republicans Cruz into Shutdown Chaos as Rightbloggers Cheer

    Whoo, hey, everybody, government shutdown! Are you psyched? No? Well, that makes sense. It'll be expensive and embarrassing for the country, and you're not crazy. Rightbloggers, on the other hand, see in this mayhem an opportunity, and their hope is that this catastrophe will make America love them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Beware of Pork, Says Consumer Reports

    Last year the USDA went a little soft on pork cookers, and announced that whole pork was safely prepared at 145 degrees, lowering the minimum temperature from 160. But now, in a study conducted by Consumer Reports, researchers found that many pork products across the country are infected with Yersin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Caffeine Levels Higher than Labels Claim, Study Says

    Energy drinks may slowly be losing steam. Reuters reported that some popular energy drinks have more caffeine than what their labels say. Consumer Reports magazine released a study on Thursday morning that 11 of the top 27 most popular energy drinks in the United States mislabel their amounts of ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Protesters Say Trader Joe's Meat is Causing "Superbugs" That are Harmful to Humans

    It's been a week already fraught with food paranoia porn--we found out that rice contains arsenic, and that there may (read: won't) be a worldwide bacon shortage next year--but yesterday, a couple dozen middle-aged and elderly protesters from multiple organization gathered outside of Trader Joe's on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Le Taste of France, East River Moon Festival

    Thursday, September 27 Trader Joe's Protest. Demanding "meat without drugs," Consumers Union and other advocacy groups will hold a press conference/action outside of Trader Joe's Union Square store on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am to noon. They will deliver over half a million petition signature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Department of Ridiculous Press Releases: Valentine's Day Restaurant Gift Cards

    If you're in the food-journalism biz, you get bombarded on a daily basis with press releases, often as many as 30 per day. Some are faintly rational, but others immediately provoke guffaws with their wild assertions. Here's the best one I've received so far today. According to the National Restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    European E. Coli Culprit Found; Taco Bell Launches In-Store Entertainment, Wi-Fi

    ​Newsflash: In-N-Out outranks McDonald's in a Consumer Reports survey. Oh, and chains like the Golden Arches and Taco Bell aren't as cheap as they profess to be. [Reuters] European investigators have traced the devastating E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France back to this likely culprit: f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    New Yorkers Eating Worse, With More Denial; Sidewalk Sinkhole on Delancey; Fires Break Out in East Village

    ​• New Yorkers (and Americans in general) are eating worse than they think they are, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. 90 percent said their diets were healthy, and yet ate a bunch of crap. And then there are those of us who know full well our diets are not healthy. Two slices of col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2010

    Kardashian Kard Probably Not the Best Way For Kids to Learn About Kredit

    ​Kim Kardashian, sex tape star turned reality star and sister of reality stars Kourtney and Khloe (plus mother Kris), has sold her likeness to something called the Kardashian Kard. (It's like "card" but with a "K.") This prepaid MasterCard spin-off is for anyone 18 and over who hopes to learn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    My Doctor Took Money from a Drug Company, and Then Prescribed Me Their Drugs

    ​Well, this is fun. Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica recently compiled an awesome database of very compelling information. And as it turns out, I went through it, and consequently, have a funny story about it!

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    McDonald's Burgers Suck, Say You; Chefs in Love with Heart Dishes

    ​Farming internships are all the rage these days among ag-department graduates, career-changers, and even cooks looking to deepen their knowledge of ingredients. [NY Times] McDonald's bombed big time in a recent Consumer Reports survey of burger chains. Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger topped th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    IBM to Fight Childhood Obesity; Latest Food Recall: Lettuce

    ​Consumer Reports evaluated 14 different supermarket brands of refrigerated and frozen chicken nuggets, including two made from soy, one of which scored highest, health-wise. The Health is Wealth product was said to taste horribly. [NY Daily News] The latest food to be recalled is lettuce sol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Another Slight Against Salad Greens: Fecal Contamination

    Can't salad greens get a break?​ Four years after bagged spinach was linked to an E. coli outbreak, Consumer Reports has dug up some more discomforting discoveries about packaged salad greens: they may be lightly seasoned with fecal coliforms.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Jamie Oliver Good for Kids

    In the UK, a new study finds that Jamie Oliver's healthy school dinners significantly improved students' performance in the classroom.[Times of London]The misdiagnosis of food allergies is on the rise, seemingly due to the unreliability of blood tests.[NY Times] Eight O'Clock Coffee's Colombian coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    The Long, Slow Death of Bookshops

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 16, 1961, Vol. VI, No. 17 Book Row By John Wilcock In a leisurely age that seems not so long ago, husbands and wives could always find plenty to do in the area around Broadway and 10th Street. The big attraction was the splendid ol ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 30, 2007

    Dangerous Dildos, Part 1

    In an unregulated industry, can sex toys be toxic?

  • People

    January 10, 2006

    Mercury in Fish? Baloney!

    Lobbyist tells pregnant women to eat more tuna

  • News

    January 11, 2005

    The Crowning of Bush

    The lavish inaugural will cost you a lot—as if it's any of your business

  • News

    January 11, 2005
  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Slaughterhouse Jive

    Where's the Beef? Good Question.

  • News

    July 29, 2003

    Congress's Dubious Medicare Reform

    How a New Prescription-Drug Plan Could Drive Up Prices for the Elderly

  • News

    March 18, 2003

    Paper Thin

    Are Computer Warranties Rip-Offs?

  • News

    March 18, 2003

    Darknet Blues

    The Music Industry Makes Peace With Big Software—at Dial-Up Speed

  • Specials

    December 17, 2002
  • News

    February 19, 2002

    What’s Wrong With 401(k)'s?

    Brokers Get Rich. The Rich Get Tax Breaks. And the Little Guy Gets No Pension.

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    Blue Cross Hijacked

    How the Governor and the State's Most Powerful Union Shortchanged Health Consumers

  • News

    October 31, 2000

    The Incredible Shrinking Internet

    When Cable Monopolies Rule the Web, Everyone Loses

  • News

    July 11, 2000

    Lazio Makes Industry Waves

    2000 Campaign Could Affect Radio Access

  • News

    August 3, 1999

    All the Rage

    The new aggression and its Hidden Meaning

  • News

    March 9, 1999
  • News

    November 11, 1997