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National Consumers League hails IRS policy turnaround on deductibility of breast pumps

February 10, 2011

The National Consumers League today is hailing the reversal of policy by the Internal Revenue Service on breast pumps as a “great day for mothers, babies, and for advances for our nation’s health care.”

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NCL to FDA: Don’t hide High Fructose Corn Syrup behind misleading ‘Corn Sugar’ name

February 10, 2011

The nation’s oldest consumer group has told the Food and Drug Administration that allowing a name change of High Fructose Corn Syrup to “Corn Sugar” would be misleading to consumers and possibly expose the agency to future dilemma, depending on how scientific research and public perception may continue to evolve.

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Consumer group urges FTC to halt ‘dangerously misleading’ marketing claims by vitaminwater

February 2, 2011

The nation’s oldest consumer group today, in a formal complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, called advertising and labeling claims made by vitaminwater “dangerously misleading” and u rged the commission to halt deceptive statements being made by the manufacturer.

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Scammers going after senior victims, says NCL’s Fraud Center

January 21, 2011

Fake checks continue to be the most-often reported fraud to national nonprofit help center. Experts say seniors are being particularly targeted by scammers.

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NCL to host first ever LifeSmarts Summit in Torrance, CA January 24-26

January 20, 2011

For the first time ever, experts in consumer literacy will gather to set agenda for expansion of the national teen consumer education program.

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Groups call for strong oversight to protect consumers from combined Comcast-NBC

January 19, 2011

Despite tough talk about reining in out-of-control media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice have allowed the merger of two of the largest media empires in the country – Comcast and NBC Universal – to proceed. Consumer advocates from NCL and Consumer Action comment.

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National Consumers League standing strong against those wishing to repeal Affordable Care Act

January 19, 2011

The National Consumers League, the nation’s oldest consumer group, announced today that it has joined with other consumer, health, and worker groups, to take a stand against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Groups urge FCC to protect consumers from wireless ‘bill shock’

January 10, 2011

In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, NCL joined with a number of leading consumer and public interest organizations to call for the adoption of strong rules against bill shock, a baseline of consumer protection that millions would stand to benefit from.

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CPSC’s consumer complaint database welcome by advocates

January 10, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a plan to publish consumer complaints about dangerous or defective products, something advocates have been demanding for years.

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NCL statement on passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, H.R. 2751

December 21, 2010

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, H.R. 2751, clearing the final hurdle and sending the bill to the President’s desk, where Mr. Obama has pledged to sign it. The legislation will enable consumers to ring in the New Year knowing that the U.S. food supply of the future will be safer.

Read more: NCL statement on passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, H.R. 2751