Consumer Reports Investigation Finds Arsenic In Variety Of Rice Products

Consumer Reports Investigation Finds Arsenic In Variety Of Rice Products

Rice is one flexible little grain. It’s found in cereal (hot and cold), baby food, rice cakes, crackers, pasta, vinegar, syrup, flour and beverages. But a new Consumer Reports study of 60 rice products found varying levels of no one’s favorite ingredient: Arsenic. [More]

Perhaps Grocery Store Should Reconsider This Sign's Placement

Perhaps Grocery Store Should Reconsider This Sign's Placement

After all the mislabeled, unfortunately worded, bad math-y and otherwise plain wrong signs we’ve seen, we’re convinced that all retail establishments should hire an official Sign Executive dedicated to making sure these slip-ups don’t happen. [More]

Everyone Is Either Aghast At Candy Corn Oreos Or Really, Really Into The Idea

Everyone Is Either Aghast At Candy Corn Oreos Or Really, Really Into The Idea

I don’t know what to do with this feeling in the pit of my stomach. Is it disgust? Is it anticipation? Or is it just flat-out wonder that food companies keep coming up with weird flavor combinations to titillate the Internetz and work everyone into a lather? It might be wonder, but in any case, we’re probably going to have to get our hands on some of these golden candy corn Oreos for a Consumerist taste-testing in the near future. [More]

Walmart Has An Incredibly Generous View Of What "Locally Grown" Means

Walmart Has An Incredibly Generous View Of What "Locally Grown" Means

Back in Oct. 2010, Walmart vowed to double the amount of locally grown produce it sells at its stores by 2015. But judging by these bags of “Locally Grown” apples, the retail behemoth appears to be embracing a very global view of the term “local.” [More]

Save Me From The Supermarket Light Pollution Menace

Save Me From The Supermarket Light Pollution Menace

Until a few months ago, Chris didn’t mind sharing a fence with a grocery store. Being able to scoot next door to pick up a few items would be pretty convenient. Then the lights came on. Two terrible, bright, glaring parking lot lights. They shine in his windows, illuminating his bedroom to an extent that even the thickest curtains can’t block. The lights are, of course, on 24/7. The store manager promises to solve the situation, but no solution is in sight. The only things in sight are those parking lot lights. Those bright, bright parking lot lights. What would the Consumerists do? [More]

What Happened To The Clean Plate Club? Americans Are Throwing Out Almost Half Our Food

What Happened To The Clean Plate Club? Americans Are Throwing Out Almost Half Our Food

The scene is a familiar one: A lone child sits at the table, sullenly kicking the rungs of the chair that has become her prison. Her enemy — the pile of “stupid” and “gross” peas taunting her from the plate that she has been ordered to eat before she can leave the table, because wasting food is simply not something this family does. The Clean Plate Club doesn’t seem to be working these days either, as a new report says American are wasting or throwing away almost half our food each year. [More]

Student Group Tells Santa Fe To Ban Plastic Bags To Help "Everybody In The Universe"

Student Group Tells Santa Fe To Ban Plastic Bags To Help "Everybody In The Universe"

Santa Fe believes the children are its future, and as such, its leaders say they are listening very seriously to a group of students who are urging the city to ban plastic bags in grocery stores and other places that use them. The kids have solid reasoning — as one fifth-grader said, “Stop using plastic bags and help everybody in the universe including people who are going to be alive in the future.” [More]

Is Customized Supermarket Pricing Gleaned From Loyalty Cards Creepy Or A Good Thing?

Is Customized Supermarket Pricing Gleaned From Loyalty Cards Creepy Or A Good Thing?

Whether you’re one of those shoppers with way too many grocery store loyalty cards or just a few, swiping those at checkouts could be doing far more than just giving you a few cents off your favorite cereal. Stores like Safeway and Kroger are building up their research on how their customers shop, developing customized pricing on the things you like the most. So is that a creepy invasion of privacy or worth it if you save money? [More]

Are You Overdosing On Supermarket Loyalty Cards?

Are You Overdosing On Supermarket Loyalty Cards?

Just about anyone who has been into a chain grocery store in the last decade is familiar with loyalty programs — and the little barcode cards that can quickly clog up your wallet and/or key chain. But one Consumerist reader thinks it’s time for supermarkets to rethink these programs and just pass the savings on to everyone. [More]

Maine’s Fishermen Facing A Lobsterpalooza Dilemma Of Epic Proportions

Maine’s Fishermen Facing A Lobsterpalooza Dilemma Of Epic Proportions

Want a lobster? Go get it! In fact, why not buy like, seven of them? Do it, really — Maine’s fisherfolk will thank you. Warm weather and good conservation techniques have primed Maine’s waters for a glut of lobster unlike anything the fishing population has seen. It could turn out to be a record lobster harvest — but with this kind of glut, where are all those lobsters going to go? [More]

This Mr. Clean Label Helps You Brush Up On Basic Math Skills

This Mr. Clean Label Helps You Brush Up On Basic Math Skills

Have you ever looked at a 80 oz. bottle of Mr. Clean and puzzled over how many 40 oz. bottles of Mr. Clean would go into this larger size? Probably not, but this label clears up the math question no one really needed the answer to. [More]

Cargill Recalls 30,000 Of Beef Sold In Northeast Over Salmonella Concerns

Cargill Recalls 30,000 Of Beef Sold In Northeast Over Salmonella Concerns

Those living in the Northeast, especially customers of Hannaford Supermarkets, should keep an eye on the ground beef they’re buying. Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef over fears that it may contain salmonella. [More]

The Corn Belt’s Sweeping Drought Could Result In Steeper Grocery Store Prices

The Corn Belt’s Sweeping Drought Could Result In Steeper Grocery Store Prices

Due to what many experts are calling one of the worst droughts this country has seen in decades, consumers could start seeing the effects of the Midwest’s damaged grain crops reflected in their grocery store receipts. But don’t stockpile corn flakes — it’s more likely prices will go up for meat and dairy products. [More]

Time For A Refresher: What Is Tare Weight & Why Should I Care About It?

Time For A Refresher: What Is Tare Weight & Why Should I Care About It?

What you don’t know can hurt you — at least when it comes to feeling the pain in your wallet. So if you’re not savvy when it comes to tare weight, you could be leaking money at places like the grocery store salad bar. It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed tare weight, so let’s have a little refresher course, shall we? [More]

The Safeway Hot 100: No Refund Until You’re Proven Innocent

The Safeway Hot 100: No Refund Until You’re Proven Innocent

Michael’s fiancée sent him to the grocery store late one night. He came home with the wrong moisturizing cream, which happens all too often during shopping expeditions based on someone else’s instructions. No big deal. They just brought it back to Safeway the next time they visited the store. He paid cash, but it was still all sealed up and had a Safeway sticker on it. Only the cream’s price tag and popularity with shoplifters meant that the store’s Loss Prevention staff would need to review surveillance tapes to make sure that Michael hadn’t stolen the item. [More]

We Are Apparently In The Midst Of A Canned Beer Renaissance

We Are Apparently In The Midst Of A Canned Beer Renaissance

In my youth, canned beer was king, though there was the one guy on the block whose recycling buckets were always overflowing with empty Rolling Rock bottles. But then came the craft beer revolution of the ’90s and slowly but surely cans gave way to bottles and draft beer. For seven years starting in 2002, bottled and draft beers equaled or outpaced the canned stuff in the U.S., but ever since the economy took a nose dive, a growing number of Americans have been cracking open cold cans for their beer-based refreshment. [More]

Should Snapple Sorbet Bars Disclose They Contain Absolutely No Fruit?

Should Snapple Sorbet Bars Disclose They Contain Absolutely No Fruit?

Fruit-flavored snacks are notorious for their lack of fruit content, but most items with “sorbet” in the name at least use some fruit juice or fruit base. And one might look at the box for Snapple Sorbet Bars and think that the phrase “naturally flavored” implies some fruit content. But a look at the ingredients panel says otherwise. [More]

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

Why The Math On Your Soda Bottles & Cans Doesn’t Always Add Up

In the two years since we first covered the complicated rounding involved with soda bottle nutrition labels, some changes have been made with the goal of clearing up things like calorie count and serving size. But some questions still keep popping up, so it’s probably time for a refresher course. [More]