Consumer Protection Updates

News Release | TexPIRG | Higher Ed

Senate Approves Crucial Student Aid Measure

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the U.S. Senate’s 79 – 16 vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with a crucial amendment to fully fund the Pell Grant program.

Report | TexPIRG | 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.

News Release | TexPIRG | Food

Egg Recalls Reveal Scrambled Food Safety System

Last month’s nationwide recall of half a billion eggs was just one of more than 85 recalls involving 153 food companies since July 2009.  During this time, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass needed protections, according to Recipe for Disaster, a study released today by TexPIRG, Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

News Release | TexPIRG | Food

Scrambled, Over Easy or Contaminated?

TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Wright County Eggs announcment of nationwide recall of 228 million eggs due to possible salmonella contamination. 

News Release | TexPIRG | Food

Dangerous Chemical Companies Put Millions of Texans at Risk

 A new Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) report, Chemical Insecurity: America’s most dangerous companies and the multimillion dollar campaign against common sense solutions, identifies the 14 chemical companies that endanger the most Americans in the event of a chemical release.  

News Release | TexPIRG | Consumer Protection

Dangerous Chemical Companies Put Millions of Texans at Risk

A new Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) report, Chemical Insecurity: America’s most dangerous companies and the multimillion dollar campaign against common sense solutions, identifies the 14 chemical companies that endanger the most Americans in the event of a chemical release.  These companies also spent more than 70 million dollars lobbying and bankrolling the campaigns of the Members of Congress on the committees that oversee chemical security policy.

Report | TexPIRG | Consumer Protection

Chemical Insecurity

Across the United States, thousands of industrial facilities use and store hazardous chemicals in large quantities that pose major risks to their neighbors.  More than 100 of these facilities would each put at least one million people at risk of injury or death in the event of a chemical release. Accidents at chemical and industrial facilities are common.  From 2000 to 2009, companies, employees and concerned citizens reported more than 338,000 accidents involving oil or chemicals to the National Response Center (NRC), or more than 33,000 incidents every year.   These accidents range from an oil sheen to a major disaster that resulted in casualties.

News Release | TexPIRG | Food

New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps Forward on Food Safety

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) introduced a bill today that proposes about $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch.  

News Release | TexPIRG | Food

USDA's New Performance Standards Should Bring Safer Poultry to Market

Statement of TexPIRG Public Health Advocate Liz Hitchcock on USDA's New Performance Standards 

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