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  • Public Health | NJPIRG
    Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Read more about Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual NJPIRG survey of toy safety In this report NJPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Read more about Trouble in Toyland Resource Public Health Health Care SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance To make the most of new choices protections and financial help you need good information This guide can help you find quality coverage that won t break the bank Keep Reading about SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT News Release NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Public Health Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security In light of recent toxic chemical spills and accidents NJPIRG called on the EPA to take action to protect the public from the dangers of high risk chemical plants Activists gathered outside the Kuehne chemical facility to release Danger In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two New Jersey plants as posing significant threats to public safety Over 12 million people live near a high risk New Jersey chemical plant Read more about Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security Report Public Health The Danger In Our

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  • Public Health | NJPIRG
    also do not fund all crops equally Apples the only fruit or vegetable to receive significant federal subsidies garnered only 689 million over the same period Had these subsidies gone directly to America s 146 million taxpayers the apple subsidies would enable each taxpayer to buy half an apple each year but the annual junk food subsidies would add up to nearly 20 Twinkies each Key findings Of the total 292 5 billion allotted in agriculture subsidies 3 8 percent of farmers collected 178 5 billion while 62 percent of farms did not receive any federal funds Taxpayers spent 84 4 billion on corn production 8 1 billion of which funded production of corn starch and sweeteners Of the total domestic corn produced 9 6 percent ended up in junk food and beverages as sweeteners or thickeners Soy subsidies rank fifth on the list of subsidized crops costing taxpayers 27 8 billion Since 1995 soy oils have consumed approximately 11 1 billion in taxpayer subsidies With the money used to subsidize corn and soy junk food ingredients the government could buy almost 52 billion Twinkies enough to circle the Earth 132 times when placed end to end or meet the caloric needs of the entire U S population for 12 days Read more about Apples to Twinkies 2013 News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs New Jerseyans with cancer heart disease epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs Brand drug manufacturers have made 98 billion in total sales off the drugs while the generic versions were delayed Read more about Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs Report NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Top Twenty Pay For Delay Drugs Too often consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Read more about Top Twenty Pay For Delay Drugs News Release NJPIRG Public Health Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on Senate EPW Hearing on Chemical Safety Read more about Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care New Report Documents A Decade Of Safety Violations By Compounding Pharmacies The contaminated drug that caused last fall s fungal meningitis outbreak killing 55 people nation wide and sickening 51 New Jerseyans is just the tip of the iceberg of an industry wide problem according to a new report released today by NJPIRG Read more about New Report Documents A Decade Of Safety Violations By Compounding Pharmacies Report NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Prescription For Danger The fungal

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  • Public Health | NJPIRG
    About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big

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  • Stop the Superbugs | NJPIRG
    us to a pre antibiotic era where deaths dues to infections were the norm and not the exception Last year the U S Food and Drug Administration took a small first step by issuing guidelines for antibiotics use on farms Unfortunately the guidelines were voluntary and narrow in scope and are unlikely to lead to significant reductions in antibiotic misuse on farms A growing body of experts in the United States and across the globe is calling for stronger action The U S Centers for Disease control recently estimated that drug resistant bacterial infections make 2 million people sick in the United States each year and cause 23 000 deaths A recent World Health Organization report on the issue estimated resistant infections result in eight million additional days in hospitals which costs between 21 and 34 billion each year in the United States alone The science is overwhelming that antibiotics shouldn t be misused on animals that aren t sick The Obama administration needs to stop this practice cold turkey stated Farrell Victims at especially high risk include patients receiving cancer chemotherapy complex surgeries dialysis and organ and bone marrow transplants These patients are much more susceptible to bacterial infection and treatment relies often on effective antibiotics to ensure recovery A drug resistant infection could mean more stress illness cost and sometimes death in these cases I had an antibiotic resistant infection that required me to have additional treatment that otherwise would not have been necessary said Willie Guerrero a Bayonne resident and Rutgers student It was very invasive but thankfully I was able to be treated Not everyone has that option so we need to keep antibiotics working and we need the Obama administration to stop the misuse of antibiotics on animals that aren t sick Antibiotics are a

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  • Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production | NJPIRG
    this organism to quickly adapt to new threats through mutation When bacteria are exposed to an antibiotic most of them will be susceptible to the drug and die Some of the organisms however possess genes that will allow them to survive the onslaught Left without competition for food from their more vulnerable counterparts these resistant superbugs replicate very quickly For instance a single drug resistant E coli bacterium can multiply into more than a billion E coli cells in just 24 hours Furthermore these resistant cells can pass on their resistance to other unrelated bacteria Thus the more antibiotics that are used the more opportunities bacteria have to develop resistance Despite this well recognized phenomenon however antibiotics are used in massive untargeted and unrestricted quantities and are not even limited to the treatment of sick people As a consequence bacterial resistance to antibiotics is now cited by health experts in the United States and across the globe as one of the most serious health crises of our time Recognizing the urgency of the problem in September 2013 and April 2014 the U S Centers for Disease Control CDC and the World Health Organization WHO released detailed studies on bacterial resistance The CDC report found at least two million Americans are sickened by drug resistant bacteria each year 23 000 fatally 2 Additionally the WHO report cited estimations that superbug infections resulted in eight million additional days in hospitals which costsbetween 21 and 34 billion each year in the U S alone Sounding the alarm for action WHO Assistant Director General Keiji Fukuda warned Without urgent coordinated action by many stakeholders the world is headed for a post antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill 1 1 World Health

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  • NJ Consumers Call on Stop&Shop to Label GMOs, On Anniversary of Whole Foods Labeling Commitment | NJPIRG
    food they sell for GMO ingredients and eventually move towards phasing out those ingredients Both Cheerios and Grape Nuts are going GMO free The Non GMO Project which offers voluntary GMO labeling in 2013 saw a 300 year over year increase in producer interest And just this week Kroger and Safeway joined other grocery chains including Whole Foods Trader Joe s and Target by announcing they would not sell genetically engineered salmon even if it s approved for sale Polls consistently show more than 90 of the public supports labeling continued Skopec It s just smart business sense for companies to give their customers what they want NJPIRG s effort to persuade Stop Shop to label its store brand products for GMOs comes as bills to require GMO labeling advance in the New Jersey State House and in Congress Over the past two months NJPIRG has educated nearly 8 000 New Jerseyans across the state on the importance of GMO labeling and gathered over 2 400 petitions to companies and decision makers Labeling ultimately gives consumers the right to accurately determine what is being put into their food especially given that no long term health and environmental impact studies have been conducted said Assemblywoman Linda Stender the sponsor of a bill to require GMO labeling in New Jersey The purpose of my bill A1359 is very simple enable consumers in the state to make knowledgeable decisions about food consumption GMO labeling is a common sense solution that will help Stop Shop s customers know what s on their plates concluded Skopec On the anniversary of Whole Foods commitment it s time for Stop Shop to do the same NJPIRG Law Policy Center works to protect consumers and promote good government We investigate problems craft solutions educate the public and offer

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  • A Year of Progress | NJPIRG
    customers Chipotle has seen profits and sales increase since the announcement with industry analysts citing the company s stance on GMOs as one factor in the increase Ben and Jerry s Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry s is taking a similar route it s committed to labeling its products by the end of 2014 and is working to phase out GMO ingredients this year as well Its website currently allows consumers to see which flavors are GMO free though it does not note which ones do contain GMO ingredients Cheerios and Grape Nuts Iconic breakfast cereal brands Cheerios and Grape Nuts took action on GMOs early in 2014 In January food manufacturer General Mills dropped GMO ingredients from its regular Cheerios recipe meaning that consumers would have a non GMO option when buying cereal Post soon followed suit by announcing a GMO free version of its Grape Nuts cereal Non GMO Project Labeling Because many food manufacturers are retailers do not have the expertise or capacity to themselves determine whether the ingredients in the foods they produce or sell contain GMO ingredients they often turn to the Non GMO Project which offers third party GMO labeling and verification Their GMO free label requires testing of ingredients that may pose a risk of GMO content with a threshold of less than 0 9 GMO content it also requires ingredient segregation and traceability to ensure that GMO and non GMO ingredients stay separate In the absence of mandatory labeling laws this third party approach can help give consumers more information about the food they re buying and customers are responding According to Whole Foods products they sell that have Non GMO Project labeling see 15 30 sales increases And the number of food producers interested in labeling their products via the

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  • Food | NJPIRG
    1995 soy oils have consumed approximately 11 1 billion in taxpayer subsidies With the money used to subsidize corn and soy junk food ingredients the government could buy almost 52 billion Twinkies enough to circle the Earth 132 times when placed end to end or meet the caloric needs of the entire U S population for 12 days Read more about Apples to Twinkies 2013 News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules Statement of Jennifer Kim NJPIRG State Director on the FDA s proposed new rules for food safety Read more about FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food New Report American Lives at Risk from Unsafe Foods Despite government commitments to address the problem food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken according to a new report by New Jersey PIRG Contaminated food makes 48 million Americans sick every year and costs over 77 billion in aggregated economic costs Here in New Jersey in the last 21 months 121 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls the cost of these illnesses to our state s economy was over 5 1 million Read more about New Report American Lives at Risk from Unsafe Foods Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food Total Food Recall This report is a snapshot look from January 2011 to September 2012 at recalls that were directly linked to identified incidents of foodborne illness Failures in the rules and processes that protect our food supply have led to numerous high volume recalls over the past two years that left many New Jerseyans sickened and at least 37 Americans dead And the economic costs of the illnesses caused by food products recalled over the past 21 months come to over 5 1 million in our state Read more about Total Food Recall Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Food Tax Apples to Twinkies 2012 At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic crushing debt and a weak economy billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients In this report we find that in 2011 over 1 28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients bringing the total to a staggering 18 2 billion since 1995 To put that figure in perspective 18 2 billion is enough to buy 2 9 billion Twinkies every year 21 for every single American taxpayer In contrast only 637 million has gone to subsidies for apples since 1995 That s enough to buy 77 million apples per year on average just half of one apple per taxpayer Read more about Apples to Twinkies 2012 News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Tax Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece PARAMUS Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn

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