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  • Food | NJPIRG
    about newjerseynewsroom com Report Federal agriculture subsidies pay for 19 Twinkies per N J taxpayer News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to Apples to Twinkies a new report by NJPIRG released today at Lincoln Park Community Farm Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer Read more about Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Apples to Twinkies The rise in childhood obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food And shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients making the problem worse Read more about Apples to Twinkies Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Read more about Recipe for Disaster Pages first previous 1 2 3 Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/food?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Email Contact Form | NJPIRG
    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 restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/email/node/46611/field_bio_email (2016-04-29)
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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Result Public Health KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the U S D A has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that NJPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group Tax Following the Money 2016 Keep Reading Report NJ PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2015 For 30 years NJ PIRG Law Policy Center has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Why You Should Get Security Freezes Before Your Information is Stolen Here are tips for preventing ID theft and using a security freeze How To Avoid Identity Theft How To Use a Security Freeze Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Following the Money 2015 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation All Americans Deserve Clean Air to Breathe On Earth Day and Every Day Sean Doyle U S DOT asks if we should measure global warming pollution from transportation Keep Reading Video Blog Consumer Protection John Oliver Takes Aim At Credit Reports In Last Week Tonight Last Week Tonight with John Oliver explained how credit reports play a surprisingly large role in our lives but even more surprising is how often they contain critical mistakes John Oliver

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/home (2016-04-29)
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  • Letter to Congress: 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule | NJPIRG
    NC NC Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc FL Alabama Appleseed AL Alabama Arise AL Arizona Community Action Association AZ Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lending AR Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corp TX Brighton Park Neighborhood Council IL Bucks County Women s Advocacy Coalition PA California Reinvestment Coalition CRC CA CASA of Oregon OR Catalyst Miami FL Center for Economic Integrity New Mexico Office NM Center for Economic Progress IL Center for Financial and Human Dignity NC Center for Housing and Community Studies NC Center for Transforming Lives TX Central New York Citizens In Action Inc NY CFORM Covenant Community Development Corporation MS Christian Community Service Center TX Christian Life Commission TX Citizen Action IL Citizen Potawatomi Communty Development Corporation OK CitySquare TX Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi MS Coalition on Homelessness Housing in Ohio OH Colorado People s Alliance CO Communities in Schools Western Nevada NV Community Development Corporation of Marlboro County SC Community Economic Development Association of Michigan MI Community Financial Inc AK Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto CA Connecticut Association for Human Services CT Connecticut Legal Services Inc CT Consumer Council of Mo MO Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County NC Consumer Federation of California CA Consumers Council of Missouri MO Credit Counseling Agencies of NC NC DCRAC DE Delaware Community Reinvestment DE East LA Community Corporation CA Empower Missouri MO Empowering and Strengthening Ohio s People OH Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa CA Erie Benedictines for Peace PA Express Advantage WA Fair Just for All CA Faith Voices for Jefferson City MO Fig Loans LLC TX Financial Pathways of the Piedmont NC First Baptist Church San Marcos TX Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection FL Florida Prosperity Partnership FL Foundation Communities TX Four Bands Community Fund Inc SD Fund 17 LA Funeral Consumers of Tampa Bay FL Georgia Rural Urban Summit GA Georgia Watch GA Global Green MI Good Work NC Gowen Consulting AL Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association VA Greensboro Housing Coalition NC GRO Grass Roots Organizing MO Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina NC Harlingen Community Development Corp TX Haven Neighborhood Services CA Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development HI Helping Hands Ministry of Belton TX Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania PA Housing Research Advocacy Center Housing Research Advocacy Center OH Idaho Community Action Network ID Illinois Asset Building Group IL Indiana Assets Opportunity Network IN Indiana Association for Community Economic Development IN Innovative Changes OR InSight Fund NC Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement IA Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc FL Jesuit Social Research Institute LA Kentucky Equal Justice Center KY Kingdom Community Development Corp NC Land of the Sky UCC NC Law Foundation of Silicon Valley CA Legal Aid Justice Center VA Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut Inc CT Louisiana Community Reinvestment Coalition LA Lubbock Housing Finance Corporation Maine Center for Economic Policy ME Maine People s Alliance ME Mary s House Catholic Worker AL Maryland CASH Campaign MD Maryland Center on Economic Policy MD Maryland Consumer Rights

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/usf/letter-congress-212-groups-call-you-oppose-hr-4018-and-support-strong-payday-rule (2016-04-29)
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  • 30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves | NJPIRG
    found high levels of the heavy metal chromium in three toys The high content of chromium in the products we found doesn t necessarily mean that they violate the law We believe it is a cause for concern and we call on the CPSC to do further testing Positively while the CPSC has recalled some toys for lead violations this year our tests did not find any We believe this is a sign of progress but this does not mean that lead cannot be found in other toys Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three we found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards We found a fairy wand from Dollar Tree that has small parts that easily break off but was not labeled as a choking hazard We found inadequate warning labels in the Disney Pixar Cars Riplash Racers and Disney Planes from Marshalls G2 Air Mini Football and a Disney Finding Nemo Dory figurine from Five Below and a Nickelodeon Mermaid Dora the Explorer from Target These products may have labels suitable for foreign countries but they were not sufficient to meet U S standards Small balls pose a hazard for young children who are inclined to put objects in or near their mouths We found Magic Towels packaged as a small baseball and a small football at Dollar Tree which did not have the appropriate small ball warning label Balloons pose the most serious choking hazard to children in the U S All of the balloon packages we found did include the required warning label reading that children under eight can choke on balloons and balloon parts However we found three balloon sets from Party City which included a second confusing label indicating that the products are for children ages three and older the Balloon Animal Kit Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons and Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs We also found toys that are potentially harmful to children s hearing We found the Vtech Go Go Smart Wheels Vtech Go Go Smart Animals Vtech Spin Learn Color Flashlight Fisher Price Click n Learn Remote and Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set from Target that while they don t violate federal standards were found to be extremely loud at the ear and at a distance We continue to find small powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed We found Sizzlers noise magnets from Family Dollar and Singing magnets from Dollar Tree that are near small parts which while they don t violate federal standards are small enough to be swallowed and can cause severe internal damage Over the past seven years stronger rules have helped get some of the most dangerous toys and children s products off the market Rules put in place by the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act tightened lead limits and phased out dangerous phthalates Earlier this year the CPSC implemented a ban on small

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/30th-annual-survey-finds-dangerous-toys-store-shelves (2016-04-29)
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  • PIRGs, Others Ask CFPB & FTC To Investigate Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach | NJPIRG
    to fewer security protections than the full Experian credit reporting database why If it was subject to the same protections as the credit reporting server doesn t this raise the troubling possibility that the server holding highly sensitive credit and personal information of over 200 million Americans is vulnerable to a data hack by identity thieves Since credit monitoring which has been offered to victims by the firms doesn t stop new account identity theft Is there any authority for the CFPB to require the nationwide CRAs to provide free security freezes to affected consumers 30 Here is a link to PIRG s original statement on the breach which includes identity theft tips and more information on the security freeze Search form Search 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 Contact Ed Mierzwinski 202 546 9707 x314 Contact person by email Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/usp/pirgs-others-ask-cfpb-ftc-investigate-experiant-mobile-data-breach (2016-04-29)
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  • Trouble in Toyland 2014 | NJPIRG
    blocks marketed to children two and up that contained multiple small parts that fit into a choke test cylinder We also identified multiple toys containing near small parts which are pieces that almost fit into the choke tube and can be a choking hazard Small balls less than 1 75 inches in diameter represent a choke hazard for children three years old and younger We found small balls that were not labeled with the appropriate choke hazard warning We also remain concerned about other small rounded toys such as toy food that present the same choke hazard as small balls but are not labeled as a hazard Balloons are easily inhaled in attempts to inflate them and can become stuck in children s throats Balloons are responsible for more choking deaths among children than any other toy or children s product As in past years we continue to find balloons on store shelves marketed to children under eight Magnets When two or more powerful magnets are swallowed they can have fatal health consequences as their attractive forces draw them together inside the body perforating intestinal walls Our shoppers purchased small high powered magnets despite their being recalled by the CPSC Batteries When batteries are ingested chemical reactions can burn through the esophagus and blood vessels causing fatal internal bleeding Our shoppers purchased a toy whale that contains batteries that are accessible to small children and are nearly small enough to constitute a choke hazard The toy has been recalled in Australia because small children can easily remove the batteries Excessive noise Excessive noise exposure can lead to hearing loss This is especially problematic for young children Hearing loss at an early age has ramifications for speech development This year our shoppers found toys that are loud though not necessarily in violation of federal limits Despite recent progress in making toys safer the findings of our 2014 investigation as well as recent recalls and legal actions against importers highlight the need for continued attention to shortcomings in existing standards and vigilance on the part of the shopping public To keep children safe from potentially hazardous toys there is still more to do Policymakers should continue building upon recent progress in the strengthening of toy safety standards The CPSC should Continue to vigorously enforce the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act s mandatory standards for toys including strict limits on lead and lead paint in any toys jewelry or other articles for children under 12 years Vigorously enforce the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act s permanent ban on the use of three specific phthalates in all toys and children s products Upgrade the interim ban on three additional phthalates into a permanent prohibition and expand it to include additional phthalates Enlarge the small parts test tube to be more protective of children under three Consider extending the standard for toys with spherical ends to apply to toys intended for children under six years old instead of under four years Change the small ball

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njf/trouble-toyland-2014 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy | NJPIRG
    primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide Read more about Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries News Release NJPIRG Democracy TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY Today the U S Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v FECto strike down overall or aggregate contribution limits to candidates and political committees NJPIRG research found that this ruling could bring 1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2 800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle Read more about TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY News Release NJPIRG Democracy ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS NJPIRG the New Jersey Sierra Club Main Street Alliance and citizen activists from across the state gathered at the State House today to push back on the power of big money in elections as the U S Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v FEC Advocates say the case would further increase the electoral clout of a few large donors Read more about ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS Report NJPIRG Democracy McCutcheon Money This term the Supreme Court is considering a challenge to aggregate contribution limits in a case called McCutcheon v FEC The current limit on what one person may contribute to all federal candidates parties and PACs is 123 200 Absent this limit one wealthy donor would be permitted to contribute more than 3 5 million to a single party s candidates and party committees plus a virtually unlimited amount to supportive PACs Read more about McCutcheon Money News Release NJPIRG Budget Democracy Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/democracy (2016-04-29)
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