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STATEMENT: Procter & Gamble’s hair product recall is the eighth recall this year involving benzene and aerosol or pump sprays

Procter & Gamble Co’s voluntary recall of more than 30 aerosol hair care products is the eighth benzene-related spray product recall announced this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

How to spot counterfeits while shopping online for gifts

Dec. 9, 2021
By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays draw near, and supply chain disruptions remain a common news story, many of us may worry about ordering gifts as quickly as possible. Most of us have experienced fast delivery when choosing to shop online, but when shopping, it’s important to be on the lookout for counterfeit products.

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RELEASE: PIRG Consumer Watchdog associate testifies about dangerous toys at Senate hearing on hidden holiday hazards

PIRG’s Consumer Watchdog Associate Hannah Rhodes was among the witnesses asked to testify Tuesday at a U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing that focused on counterfeit toys and other unsafe products consumers can encounter unwittingly during what should be a festive season. 

Tips for fixing your own products under Apple's new self-repair program

Apple last week announced a Self-Service Repair program to provide customers to start fixing their products on their own with genuine Apple parts and tools. And Apple will provide the how-to manuals as well. The program will start early next year.

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. 

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.

Tips to spot counterfeit toys before you buy them

Nov. 11, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays grow near, shoppers can expect a more difficult time finding the perfect gift this year that will arrive in time for the holidays. With supply chain issues plaguing the holiday shopping season, consumers should be wary when shopping online that what they purchase is a safe, legitimate product.

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Onions identified as cause of nationwide Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday evening that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak stems at least in part from whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed in this country by ProSource Inc.

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.

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