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These days we all need to be smart consumers. We need access to the information and resources it takes to avoid the latest scams, stop identity thieves, spot rip offs and keep unsafe food and toxic products out of our shopping carts. PIRG’s consumer watchdog team does the research, conducts media exposes, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.

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New Report: Robocalls Fall, Robotexts Skyrocket

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New Report: Robocalls Fall, Robotexts Skyrocket

According to a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, “Ringing in our Fears”, a year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls went into place, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But the Arizona PIRG Education Fund said that spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

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Arizona Corporation Commission Says No (Again) to SRP

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Arizona Corporation Commission Says No (Again) to SRP

Consumer, public health, community, business, environmental, clean energy, and faith-based entities along with residents of Randolph and SRP ratepayers applauded the Commission for once again rejecting Salt River Project’s proposal to add 16 gas units at a cost of nearly $1 billion in ratepayer money.

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Arizona PIRG Education Fund: 128,000 Americans Hospitalized Per Year From Foodborne Illness; Grocers, Government Need To Better Warn Consumers About Recalls

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Arizona PIRG Education Fund: 128,000 Americans Hospitalized Per Year From Foodborne Illness; Grocers, Government Need To Better Warn Consumers About Recalls

According to the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 225 varieties of bagged lettuce, spinach and salad products in December because of potentially deadly contamination it took the FDA a week to post a public notice on its web site. While many stores quickly notify customers of recalls one way or another, they’re not required to, and their practices are neither uniform nor always timely. 

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Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG