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CONSUMER ALERT

Several fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC-accredited laboratory. The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested a second time to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in this report.

Resource | Public Health

Change the Market - Support Antibiotic-free Restaurants

These restaurants have taken action to transition away from serving meat raised with antibiotics. 

ANALYSIS: CORONAVIRUS SPIKE MOST SURGICAL MASK, SANITIZER PRICES AT LEAST 50% ON AMAZON

Empty store shelves and out of stock signs are becoming more common in America as the Coronavirus reaches the nation’s shores. While many regions have yet to declare a state of emergency, a new analysis by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed the 30-day average price of surgical masks and hand sanitizer 18.5 percent higher than the three month average. High prices during February were at times more than double the average cost of the same product over a 90-day time period. 

This price gouging was not isolated to the Amazon marketplace used by third party sellers. About one in six reviewed products sold directly by the online store saw prices jump at least 50% after the Coronavirus first reached America in late January

Resource | COVID-19

Open Safe Texas

COVID Exit Strategy (www.covidexitstrategy.org), a nonpartisan group of public health and crisis experts, has been tracking the progress states have made towards containing COVID-19. Texas is failing 2 out of 3 critical benchmarks Texas PIRG has been tracking, indicating that the spread of the virus has reached levels that cannot be contained through a test and trace strategy. TexPIRG recommends the state return to a full lockdown, closing non-essential businesses state-wide, until the spread of the virus can be brought under control again.

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