Julie Watts

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter (FDA)

ConsumerWatch: List Of Recalled Peanut Butter Products Expands

A New Mexico company has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products.

10/01/2012

A receipt from a Safeway supermarket in Burlingame. (CBS)

Safeway Under Scrutiny For Overcharging Customers

Safeway may be facing civil charges for overcharging its customers at one of its Peninsula supermarkets.

09/28/2012

credit:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

ConsumerWatch: Which Produce Items Are Worth Buying Organic?

A lot of us spend our shopping time wondering whether it’s worth spending extra money for organically grown fruits and vegetables. An environmental group is offering advice with a list of products that contin the most and least chemicals.

09/27/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: California Updates Flame Retardant Rules Over Toxic Fears

After years of debate, California is finally updating its 1970s Federal Chemical Regulation in order to create new safety standards for flame retardant and toxic chemicals that are used on everyday products.

09/21/2012

Stonestown parking sign

ConsumerWatch: Heeding Posted Signs At SF Mall Results In A Towing

Next time you park in a private lot consider you may be towed even though you’ve abided by the posted signs. Two San Francisco siblings recently learned that the hard way at Stonestown Galleria mall.

09/06/2012

An advertisement for The Homeowner's Advocate.

ConsumerWatch: Loan Modification ‘Help’ Comes At A High Price

Three years after a law made it illegal to charge a homeowner an up-front fee for help with a loan modification, companies are still trying to get homeowners to pay thousands of dollars for services they can get for free.

09/05/2012

Dog treats (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: FDA Handling Of Pet Treat Complaints Questioned

Thousands of pet owners nationwide are furious that the treats they believe sickened or killed their pets are still on store shelves, and now a well-known congressman is calling for an investigation into the FDA’s handling of the issue.

08/29/2012

iPhone

ConsumerWatch: Used Smartphones Retain Loads Of Personal Data

Smartphones, as sophisticated as any laptop or desktop computer, are also just as thorough in retaining all sorts of personal information that can be mined by others who buy a used phone.

08/20/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Mobile Clothing Stores Popping Up In Bay Area

Forget Tupperware parties, a clothing warehouse is popping up on wheels. It’s called the Blues Jeans Bar. The company shows up wherever consumers want. In this case, CBS5 caught the event at a Peninsula bar hosted by the Burlingame Mothers’ Club.

08/17/2012

T-Mobile

ConsumerWatch: Cellphone Company Tries To Collect From Deceased’s Estate

For a family grieving over the loss of a loved one, it doesn’t help when a cellphone company goes after the person’s estate for service that’s been canceled.

08/17/2012

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