Consumer Protection

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    May 19, 2014

    Tesla Remains Legal in Missouri, Legislature to Reconsider Ban Next Year

    Tesla won a major legislative battle last week when Republican leadership decided to pump the brakes on a bill that would effectively have kicked the electric car company out of Missouri. Tesla, which has a service center in St. Louis, says it sells cars directly to consumers -- not through franchi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    King Arthur Has Blue Balls (Flour Recalled)

    Let the record show that we made it till Wednesday of this week before receiving word of yet another recall occasioned by the possible presence of foreign objects in your food. King Arthur Flour has issued a voluntary recall of certain bags of its flour because of the risk that the bags might conta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Kellogg's Recalls Special K for Possible Glass Fragments

    OK, seriously, this would be laughable if it didn't involve, you know, things like glass and wire in what we eat. Yes, yet another food is being recalled due to the possible presence of foreign objects. Kellogg's has announced a voluntary recall of its Special K Red Berries cereal due to the risk t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Metal Mesh Is Not Organic: Annie's Recalls Frozen Pizzas

    Is that a scowl on the face of the cute little Annie's bunny? Might be. The Berkeley, California-based company known for its organic mac & cheese, snacks and more has announced (via the FDA) a nationwide voluntary recall of its Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza because these pizzas might contain fragme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Don't Play FreeBird! Frozen Chicken Nuggets, Patties Recalled

    Finally, after almost six years of existence, Gut Check gets to make a "Free Bird" joke. Suzanna's Kitchen of Duluth, Georgia, has announced a precautionary recall, via the USDA, of certain packages of FreeBird-brand frozen chicken nuggets and patties because they might contain pieces of plastic. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Carrots Recalled for Salmonella Risk

    What's this? A recall for potential salmonella contamination that doesn't involve peanuts or peanut butter? Excuse us for a moment while we try to remember how to handle this.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Kraft Recalls Jalapeño String Cheese

    What is the perfect food? A ripe, late-summer heirloom tomato? A heritage pork butt cooked low and slow over fragrant woodsmoke? Jalapeño-flavored Kraft String Cheese? OK, it's probably not jalapeño-flavored Kraft String Cheese -- not any longer, at least. Kraft on Monday announced a voluntary r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Recalls: A Pen in the Sausage, Milk in the Sea Salt

    Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, but the summer of strange recalls continues. On Thursday, August 31, Klement Sausage Company Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recalled 2,920 pounds of frozen bratwurst patties because they might contain...wait for it...pieces of a plastic pen. According to the USD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Bagged "Hearts of Romaine" Salad Recalled

    A busy summer for recalls continues. While the salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes has garnered the most attention for the number of reported cases (approaching 200 at last count), listeria has been the reason for numerous recalls over the past few months, including one announced just yesterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Red Vines Licorice Recalled for Lead

    So far this week we've told you about one serious recall (salmonella-tainted cantaloupes) and one, er, interesting recall ("ribs" mistakenly packaged as Salisbury "steak"). Today (via Eater) comes word of a recall that probably shades a bit closer to the "serious" category and yet, involving as it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's "Chocolate Nougat Crunch" Ice Cream Voluntarily Recalled

    The important thing to do as you hear the news in this blog post is to remain calm. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and picture puppies frolicking in a field. Take another deep breath. Do you practice yoga? Go over into the corner and assume whatever position puts you in touch with your inne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Stouffer's Lasagna Italiano Accidently Packaged In Stuffed Pepper Container, Obviously Recalled

    Voluntary food product recalls for mislabeled or missing allergens aren't the stuff of scandal, but when a company mass produces a product and labels it with a totally incorrect product name and it's missing allergen information, Gut Check's ears perk up. Yesterday, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    If Your Single-Serve Coffee Maker Isn't Trying to Burn You, It's Definitely Ripping You Off

    The single-serve coffee maker: Incredible convenience, or threat to life, limb and pocketbook? If the news this week is any indication, the latter seems more likely than the former. First, the New York Times looked at how much you're actually paying when you buy those pods that these single-serve c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Bloody Mary Mix, Ground Beef Recalled

    ​Gut Check might have spent the past few days curled up in front of the fireplace with a snifter of brandy and a year's worth of Jane's Defence Weekly, but the food-recall news didn't stop. In the past week, the FDA and the USDA have announced several voluntarily recalls. Only two, though, involve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Unsanitary Packing Facility Led to Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak. Bagged Salad Recalled.

    Wikimedia CommonsCantaloupe listeria source found.​As the death toll from the Rocky Ford cantaloupe listeria outbreak rises to 25, the Food and Drug Administration has pinpointed the contamination's source. Government inspectors found listeria bacteria in standing water on the floor of Jense ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2011

    The Bangles

    8 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Listeria-Contaminated Rocky Ford Cantaloupes Linked to Deaths [Updated]

    Wikimedia CommonsListeria-tainted Rocky Ford cantaloupes have been linked to several deaths.​Update: (Thursday, September 15, 4:05 p.m.) A voluntary recall of Rocky Ford cantaloupes has been issued by Jensen Farms in Colorado because of a possible listeria contamination. The recall includes ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Cargill Recalls More Ground Turkey

    Image via​Cargill has recalled ground turkey for potential salmonella contamination. This is the second such recall in recent weeks, both due to contamination at a Springfield, Arkansas, processing plant. In the first event, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey. This recall is much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Asks FTC Chair to Watch for Gas Gouging

    Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.​With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Bad Nuts! Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts Recalled

    Wikimedia Commons​ Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't, because you're too busy suffering the effects of salmonella or E. coli. Unilever has issued a voluntary recall on Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    More Than 3,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

    ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued yet another ground-beef recall. This time it's American Food Service, headquartered in Pico Rivera, just outside of LA. According to a CNN report, the recall involves more than 3,000 pounds of ground beef produced on January 31 and sold to restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    This Just In: Nuclear Sludge Unsafe to Eat!

    ​Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of Candy Dynamics Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge bars. Seems the chewy treats, which are imported from Pakistan, might contain elevated levels of lead. (Which, as we all know, can cause health problems in everyon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Helicopters Blow Warm Air on Cold Florida Crops

    For a second year in a row, cold threatens Florida's winter crops. NPR reports that farmers are hiring helicopters to hover low over the crops to push warm air downward. It's a desperate measure that costs around $2500 an hour, and last week three helicopters crashed on crop-warming missions. But if ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2010

    Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

    9 p.m. Saturday, October 30. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.24

    Got alfalfa sprouts? Pitch 'em. The Associate Press reports that because 22 people in 10 states - including Missouri and Illinois - have developed salmonella, there's a nationwide recall. "The company [Caldwell Fresh Foods] said the recalled alfalfa sprouts were sold in plastic cups and plastic bags ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Monsanto Subject of Antitrust Workshop Today in Iowa with U.S. Attorney General

    ​Updated at 11:50 a.m. Competitors, activists, farmers, politicians. They all get a chance to weigh in on St. Louis-based Monsanto today at a "workshop" in Iowa that's to focus on antitrust behavior in the agriculture industry. In attendance at today's meeting will be U.S. Attorney General Eric Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11.3

    ​ Company recalls beef from stores, including Trader Joe's. (USDA)New study blames meat for half of greenhouse gases. (The Independent)Coffee sold in India claims to enhance virility. (Times of India)Man sues over turkey-tuna mix-up. Another sues over lack of fruit in Froot Loops. (Chicagob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.24

    A California company recalls romaine lettuce for possible salmonella contamination. (CNN)A man with high blood pressure sues Denny's for not disclosing sodium levels in its food. (UPI)Morgan Spurlock's anti-McDonald's movie Super Size Me is going to become a...comic book? (

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Rally Downtown Today in Support of Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Agency

    Americans for Financial Reform and ACORN plan to gather today in support of President Barack Obama's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Like the Consumer Protection Agency, which safeguards people from hazardous product flaws involving housewares and other merchandise, the Consumer Finan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    BBB Warns of Massive Douche-Baggery on Twitter

    As if Twitter Spam wasn't bad enough, the popularity of Twitter is now attracting yet another form of lowlife scum. The Better Business Bureau put out a warning on their website yesterday to watch out for schemes where someone promises you to get paid to Tweet. One of the websites that the BBB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 4.1

    More on the recall of pistachios due to salmonella fears. (Los Angeles Times)Crab season begins in the Chesapeake, with crabbers hoping the number of females has risen after last year's poor levels. (Baltimore Sun)Learning to love goat. As a food, you pervert. (New York Times)

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    This Week in RFT, March 25 to April 1

    We're back on the streets, so grab yourself a copy and start moving your eyeballs. We have a lot to offer this week, and you sure can't beat the price. Your reading satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!Unreal, for one, is up to its old tricks with some off-the-wall interviews with a so-called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.14

    In today's news: Whole Foods asks for help, Canada says OK to new meat labeling and a critic enters the kitchen

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    November 7, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
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    July 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.29

    A new FTC report finds that food firms aim $1.6 billion in ads at kids. (AP) An interesting article on a new restaurant built by "crowd-sourcing" -- like open-source software, but for a new business. (Washington Post) Meet the shrew that lives on beer -- and doesn't get drunk. (Wired) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 5.19

    Are better trade deals the key to solving the food crisis? (Bloomberg) South Korea says it will help North Korea combat a looming famine -- but only if North Korea asks for help. (AP) American wine pioneer Robert Mondavi has died. (New York Times) A Chicago company recalls meat on fears of E. col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 4.23

    Believe it or not, the FTC is still trying to block Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats. (AP) The cost of providing health care to workers has led to surcharges in San Francisco restaurants. (New York Times) China's new law on food safety features tough penalties. (AP) -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 4.14

    Finance ministers from the world's leading economies discuss rising food costs while meeting in Washington, D.C., this weekend. (Wall Street Journal) Rising food costs lead to the prime minister's resignation in Haiti and riots in Bangladesh. (CTV) People have fallen ill from the recalled Malt-O-M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2007

    Another Weekend E. Coli Newsbreak

    Sam's Club has recalled ground beef made by Cargill after an E. coli outbreak in Minnesota. (AP) When Gut Check launched, I never thought "food safety" would become one of the most heavily used tags. What a strange few months.... Now back to your regularly scheduled weekend. -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Pasta Strike

    The cost of pasta in Italy is rising, and consumers are pissed. (Guardian) Italian consumer groups have called a one-day strike against buying pasta in protest at the increasing costs that have seen its price rise by almost 20%. The groups are angry that, while the price of ingredients such as whe ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
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    August 1, 2007

    Your Daily Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    We'll be talking about grocery shopping in much more depth very soon. For now, though, today is the second day of a two-day hearing on the FTC's attempts to prevent Whole Foods from buying competitor Wild Oats. CNNMoney has the latest right here. This story isn't going to end soon, by the way. Both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2007

    Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    The court hearing on the FTC's antitrust lawsuit against the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats is underway. has an AP report on the morning's developments right here. -Ian Froeb

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    July 30, 2007

    Whole Foods, FTC Ready to Lock Horns

    Tomorrow is the first court hearing in the FTC's antitrust lawsuit to stop the merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats. has the pregame analysis here. What would rahodeb think? -Ian Froeb

  • News

    May 23, 2007

    The Needle and the Damage Done

    What do you do when you find a syringe in your new van?

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2004

    Less Is Moore

    Author and publisher Anne Elizabeth Moore helps kids avoid blind consumerism

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    No-Look Legislation

    The good that doesn't get done and the bad that does in Jeff City

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
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