Consumer Tips Updates

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Food

Food recalls decline in 2021, but that doesn’t mean food is safer

Significantly fewer foods and beverages were recalled in 2021 than in 2020. But fewer recalls doesn’t necessarily mean food was safer last year.

How to keep food safe during a power outage

By | Isabel Brown
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

When the power goes out, the food in your refrigerator and freezer can get up to temperatures that make it no longer safe to eat.

Guide to non-traditional gifts: Buy pre-loved clothing, tools, home goods

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

These items are less expensive or sometimes even free, but that doesn’t make them any less special. A variety of online groups make it easy to buy pre-loved.

Guide to non-traditional gifts: Experiences create wonderful memories

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With hectic holiday schedules, experiences can occur whenever the gift recipient has the time. 

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to spot fake online reviews

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With the overwhelming number of reviews found both on website listings and social media, we pulled together the best tips to spot fake reviews when shopping online.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Report: Only one-third of largest phone companies have completely adopted anti-robocall technology

A looming deadline should finally force all U.S. phone companies to take stopping robocalls seriously. However, only one-third of the largest mobile and home phone providers nationwide -- and a more disappointing percentage of smaller telecommunications companies -- have installed caller ID verification aimed at squashing illegal robocalls.

Scam robocalls have declined by 29 percent since June. But most of us still get too many. And the industry overall isn't doing enough.

Amazon’s new policy comes at a time when courts have been asked the question who is responsible for defective products when they are bought from an online platform that is acting as the go-between for the seller and the purchaser. 

Gift Guide: How to avoid toxics in beauty products

By | Gina Werdel
Make It Toxic Free, Associate

Gifting beauty products to family and friends this holiday season? Here's a guide to purchasing safer beauty products.

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