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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 23, 2016 If your shampoo says “organic” on the label, it probably doesn’t mean anything (Buyer Beware)
QUOTE: for non-food items, such as shampoos, cosmetics, and textiles—there is no such certification process. The Federal Trade Commission has a “flexible” rule for industry, which requires marketers to have accurate and reliable science to back up their claims. But there is no formal definition for “organic” outside of food...
Quartz Jan 16, 2012 Consumer Reports: Brand-name drugs can be far more costly but no more effective
QUOTE: Just 5 percent of patients learn about the price of prescribed drugs during the doctor visit, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. But many expensive brand-name medications have equally effective counterparts that cost far less.
Washington Post Jul 04, 2011 Think Inside the Box
QUOTE: Bombarded with pharmaceutical ads listing what seems like every conceivable side effect, American consumers might think they are already getting too much information. But they — and their doctors — are not getting what arguably matters most: independent, plain-English facts about the medication. Fortunately, there is a simple model for getting such information across.
New York Times Oct 01, 2009 Bayer Labels’ Cancer-Fighting Claim Draws Suit
QUOTE: A nonprofit group in Washington has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare charging that the company’s labels and commercials falsely claimed its One A Day multivitamins for men may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
New York Times Jul 03, 2009 Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned
QUOTE: the USDA [organic food] program's shortcomings mean that consumers, who at times must pay twice as much for organic products, are not always getting what they expect: foods without pesticides and other chemicals, produced in a way that is gentle to the environment.
Washington Post May 31, 2009 Green Inc. Few Rules for Recycling Electronics
QUOTE: the Basel Action Network, or BAN, an advocacy group based in Seattle that seeks to curb the exporting of electronic waste from the United States, argued that EarthECycle falsely represent themselves as recyclers....Proper processing of discarded electronic equipment could not be achieved within a business model that not only hauls away discarded electronics free but also pays organizations for the privilege.
New York Times Nov 26, 2008 All Fall Down
QUOTE: exposed — using Citigroup as Exhibit A — some of our country’s best-paid bankers were overrated dopes who had no idea what they were selling, or greedy cynics who did know and turned a blind eye. But it wasn’t only the bankers. This financial meltdown involved a broad national breakdown in personal responsibility, government regulation and financial ethics.
New York Times Nov 24, 2008 Judge orders Ballmer to testify in 'Vista Capable' case
QUOTE: A federal judge in Seattle has ordered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft that alleges the company misled consumers in a marketing campaign for its Windows Vista operating system in which computers sold with an older Microsoft OS were labeled "Vista Capable" when in fact they could only run a basic version of Vista.
InfoWorld Oct 21, 2008 Is Fair Trade Green?: Making sense of sanctimonious product labels.
QUOTE: If you care about both global poverty and climate change, you can't always have it both ways. The Lantern suggests you keep things in perspective: Boycotting bananas from the Dominican Republic may reduce your carbon footprint a tad, but you'll make a bigger dent by putting that hamburger meat back on the shelf once in a while—and you won't be cutting a poor grower out of the global economy.
Slate Aug 22, 2008 Fish Tale Has DNA Hook: Students Find Bad Labels
QUOTE: a freelance science project in which they checked 60 samples of seafood using a simplified genetic fingerprinting technique to see whether the fish New Yorkers buy is what they think they are getting. They found that one-fourth of the fish samples with identifiable DNA were mislabeled.
New York Times May 15, 2008 Cheat Sheets? Fuzzy Industry Standards Leave Consumers Lost In the Thread Counts
QUOTE: Currently, manufacturers have no agreed-upon standard for counting the number of vertical and horizontal threads in a one-inch square of fabric -- the definition of thread count. The American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) established guidelines saying all threads, including multi-ply yarns, can only be counted once. U.S. manufacturers adhere to the rule, but many foreign manufacturers do not, according to Norma Keyes, director of fiber quality research at Cotton Inc., an industry trade group based in Cary, N.C.
Washington Post Jan 01, 2008 Not just a pretty face: The side effects of cosmetic chemicals
QUOTE: As if there weren’t enough concerns about the toxicity of cosmetic chemicals, manufacturers are rushing to incorporate nanotechnology that uses particles 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair....Animal studies show that some nanoparticles can penetrate cells and tissues, move through the body and brain and cause biochemical damage.
Common Ground Jul 18, 2007 College Board Tries to Police Use of ‘Advanced Placement’ Label
QUOTE: “Schools just slap AP on courses to tag them as high-level, even when there’s no Advanced Placement exam in the subject,” [Bruce Poch, dean of admissions at Ponoma College] said. “It was getting to be like Kleenex or Xerox.” But now, for the first time, the College Board is creating a list of classes each school is authorized to call AP and reviewing the syllabuses for those classes.
New York Times Jun 28, 2007 Why Most Sunscreens Don't Work: A new study finds that most sunscreens don't offer sufficient protection. How to find the right one.
QUOTE: the FDA reports that a new regulation addressing UVA protection is "currently in its final clearance" and will likely be released by the end of the summer...Dermatologists, however, are not buying it.
Newsweek May 11, 2007 Narcotic Maker Guilty of Deceit Over Marketing
QUOTE: The guilty plea — by Purdue Frederick, an affiliate of Purdue Pharma — is the latest of a number of cases brought by the Justice Department against pharmaceutical makers that accuse them of misbranding, a broad statute that makes it a crime to put false or misleading information about a drug on its label or in ads, or to promote it for unapproved use.
New York Times Apr 30, 2007 Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China
QUOTE: For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits.
New York Times Jan 29, 2007 Can Food From Cloned Animals Be Called Organic?
QUOTE: the Food and Drug Administration concluded in December that meat and milk from cloned animals should be allowed on the market. In the opinion of some in the biotechnology arena, the federal definition of organic food would allow them to label food from clones as organic, as long as those clones were raised organically.
Washington Post Dec 26, 2005 Sticker Shock: Even consumer advocates are complaining about warning-label overkill.
QUOTE: caught between lawsuits claiming they failed to protect consumers from "hidden" hazards--is there really any mystery about what can happen when you stand on the top of a ladder?--and the impossibility of making their products idiot-proof, manufacturers slap warning labels on everything but the kitchen sink in order to ward off liability.
Forbes Nov 01, 2005 What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say
QUOTE: But as organic food enters the mainstream, evolving from an idealistic subculture rooted in images of granola and Birkenstocks, a bitter debate has ensued over what exactly the word "organic" should mean.
New York Times Oct 07, 2005 Lactose Intolerant Say Grocers Hide Risks
QUOTE: Milk...a new lawsuit demanding that each and every carton sold in Washington carry a warning label for people who are unable to tolerate it.
Washington Post Jul 10, 2003 F.D.A. Announces Label Requirement for Artery-Clogger
QUOTE: If people eat foods high in trans fat and there is no warning label and then they have a heart attack at some point, there has to be legal liability.
New York Times Jul 04, 2003 Food labeling push angers meatpackers, grocers
QUOTE: Supporters say that the recent mad cow disease scare in Canada... is a "casebook example" of why the regulation is consumer friendly.
Kansas City Jun 23, 2003 Studies of Dietary Supplements Come Under Growing Scrutiny
QUOTE: ...a California judge handed down a $12.5 million false-advertising judgment against the maker of an ephedra-based weight-loss pill..."The statements of 9 percent decrease in weight are false and misleading and were known or should have been known by defendant to be so,"
New York Times May 07, 2003 Lawyers Plan New Fast Food Assault
QUOTE: Fast food purveyors McDonald's and Burger King are about to be hit -- again -- with a slew of claims that their burgers and fries cause obesity, and some critics say they even feed an addiction.
Yahoo Internet Life Apr 19, 2003 Labeling Rules Urged for 'Organic' Beauty Products
QUOTE: As sales soar, advocates seek federal standards. But the industry can't agree on a definition.
Los Angeles Times Mar 17, 2003 A first step toward standardizing supplements
QUOTE: Up to 40% of herbal products don't contain precisely the active ingredients listed, the company's [ConsumerLab.com] tests have shown...Some dietary supplements have been found to contain pesticides and heavy metals such as lead, and, in rare cases, prescription ingredients.
Los Angeles Times Aug 08, 2002 Fast-food Restaurants Face Legal Grilling
QUOTE: Lawyers explore whether the fast-food industry should be liable for the effect its meals and marketing have on public health.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2001 Whole Grains, Half Truths: You Must Know the Code to Tell the Whole Wheat From the Chaff
QUOTE: As long as the package doesn't falsely say "100% whole wheat" or "100% whole grain"...the manufacturer is pretty much free to label any food with words like "whole grain," "nutri-grain" and "multi-grain."
Washington Post May 31, 2001 Food Industry Agrees to Tighter Standard On Food Labeling
QUOTE: ...many of the largest food companies have agreed to specify whether the products they sell contain even tiny amounts of everyday ingredients that can cause potentially fatal allergic reactions.
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