Consumer Alert

State fire marshal issues fines to unlicensed security alarm employees

With the hot summer months fast approaching, a time when many home security system companies solicit sales by canvassing neighborhoods, Louisiana State Fire Marshal H.

AG to Powerhouse Gym Members: File a claim

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reminds consumers adversely affected by Baton Rouge’s Powerhouse Gym to file a claim with the Louisiana Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection section by Friday, May 31. 

Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson SUVs do poorly in crash test

Several popular compact SUVs did poorly in a tough new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, two, the new Subaru Forester and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, did well.

RECALL: Subaru cars recalled for loss of steering

Subaru is recalling 5,379 Legacy and Outback cars in the United States because of a problem that could cause them to loose steering control.

Acadian Fine Foods recalls more than 17,000 pounds of pork, chicken stew

A local company is recalling more than 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stew due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The FDA has listed this as a high health risk.

Advisory: Toxic mercury levels found in fish caught in Gulf of Mexico

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast (including th Gulf of Mexico) due to unsafe levels of mercury.

FDA warns pregnant women about epilepsy drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pregnant women to stay away from migraine medicine containing valproate. The agency says the drug can cause decreased IQ scores in children whose mothers took the medication during pregnancy.

SCAM ALERT: Harassing caller claims to be from Bureau of Crime Investigations

Officials in St. Mary Parish are warning residents about a potential scam from a caller who claims to be from the Bureau of Crime Investigations.

RECALL: DiGiorno pizza could be contaminated with foreign matter; high health risk

Nestlé Pizza Company, a Little Chute, WI establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with extraneous materials and are the subject of a recall administered by the U.S.

Family finds insect in meal from Chili's

A simple family dinner became a nightmare when an out-of-town family found an ingredient that did not belong in their meal.

Study: Lipstick could increase chance for stomach tumors

A small study of store-bought lipstick suggests the makeup may be doing more than giving the appearance of plump, shiny lips -- it could be increasing your exposure to toxic metals.

Stocks on track to cap 4th month of gains in 2013

Central bankers are a closely watched lot. This week, when the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting kicks off Tuesday, it will be no different.

SCAM ALERT: Hang up on new utility bill phone scam

Utility companies throughout the US and Canada are warning their customers about a new con. Scammers are calling residents and impersonating utility staff, claiming to be collecting on late bills.

SCAM ALERT: Con artists claim to be offering $100 gift card from COX cable

A new phone scam is attempting to gain personal information from callers by claiming to be a representative from COX cable.

SCAM ALERT: Text message claims your debit card was deactivated

Dozens of people in Baton Rouge-area were almost the victim of a scam that targeted their bank account.