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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.

Beat High Bank Fees

Banks rely on consumer indifference when they raise fees. They count on consumers not shopping around. PIRG’s Big Banks, Bigger Fees reports routinely find that small banks and credit unions are not following the big banks’ lead; they still offer many free or low cost accounts.

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Joint Consumer-Banks Letter In Favor of Anti-Garnishment Bill

Letter to Congress from leading consumer groups and bank trade associations supporting S3841, a bi-partisan bill from Senate Finance Committee leaders broadening CARES Act protections to prevent COVID-19 pandemic Economic Impact Payments from being subject to garnishment.  

Making the Grade: An analysis of food safety in school cafeterias

In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring state agencies to ensure cafeterias participating in federally funded school meal programs are inspected regularly. Schools in these programs have to be inspected at least twice a year and the results of the inspections must be made publicly available. States agencies are charged with the duty of monitoring compliance with inspection requirements.

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Hazardous toys to avoid

Despite progress in recent years, some toys and children’s products still have the potential to cause harm. Depending on the materials used and the quality and nature of the product itself, the risks for children posed by toys and other products range from choking on small parts to suffering from dangerous chemical reactions in the body. In extreme cases, the consequences can be fatal.

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