Consumer Alert

Email scam claims to be from Pointe Coupee Parish schools

If you’ve received an email claiming that you’ve been selected to win a $1,000 gift certificate as a sign of appreciation from the Pointe Coupee school system, report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Office; it’s a scam.<

Nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled on salmonella fears

The United States Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Sunday evening that Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation is issuing an immediate recall of approximately 29,339 pounds of ground beef on fears that

BPA ban in baby bottles and sippy cups official

The chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA has been officially banned from use in certain baby products, the US Food and Drug Administration announced today.

Ford recalling over 10,000 SUVs

A padding problem has forced a recall of more than 10,000 Ford Escape SUVs. Ford is recalling 2013 models manufactured from March 8-June 7 of this year.

Extreme heat & widespread drought could impact food prices

It is still early in the season, but for most of the nation it's already been a long, hot summer. A severe drought is taking its toll on more than half the country, crippling farmers and ranchers.

Think twice before clicking e-mail that looks like it's from major airline carriers

People should think twice before clicking on an email that looks like it comes from American Airlines and other major carriers.

Phone scam making its way around Baton Rouge

The Better Business Bureau says a phone scam is targeting people in Baton Rouge and more than 100 people have been called so far. Here’s how it works.

Swingset being recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of 100,000 Flexible Flyer Swing Sets. They have received over 1,200 reports of see-saw seats breaking.

Fake coupon ring busted, $25 million in fake coupons seized

Arizona authorities busted a counterfeit coupon ring worth several million dollars.

Most retail purchases exempt from state sales tax August 3 and 4

Louisiana shoppers can make purchases free of the 4 percent state sales tax on most retail items during the 2012 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday on Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4.

Consumer Product Safety Commission announces new safety standards for children's play yards

Home video shows a happy and giggling Danny Keysar. It's difficult to watch when you realize his life came to an end at just 16 months old.

Anytime Fitness subject of class-action lawsuit

A popular 24-hour gym is the subject of a class-action lawsuit. According to court documents, as many as 300 women can join in on a lawsuit against Anytime Fitness.

Over 5 million Jeep vehicles under investigation for deadly fires

More than five million Jeep vehicles are being investigated by the federal government for deadly fuel-tank fires caused by rear-impact collisions.

FDA urges removal of Korean shellfish from stores

Korean shellfish shipped to the United States may have been exposed to human feces and potentially contaminated with norovirus, the Food and Drug Administration warned distributors, retailers and other food service operators Thursday.

Little of charity's money going to help animals

A charity that raised close to $27 million to help animals worldwide spent nearly all of that money on fund-raising expenses paid to a direct-mail company.