Regulations are Protections – for whom?

Rolling back regulations was one of Trump’s many campaign promises. Shortly after his inauguration, he signed the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (itself, perhaps ironically, a regulation). The aim of this executive order is ostensibly to control costs by scrapping two regulations for every new regulation imposed on businesses. However, underneath this facile rhetoric lies a dirty trick. Truth is, regulations are protections.

CPSC Recalls Douglas Plush Toys

Yet another recall notice has been issued due to a potential choking hazard, this time involving Douglas Plush Toys, a popular children’s toy. So far the recall notice includes about 25,000 of the toys, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission. More specifically, the recall includes three different versions of the plush toy, including Chewie the English Bulldog, Oliver the Bear and Charlotte the Fox “sold at specialty toy and gift stores nationwide from July 2014 to April 2017.” The toys have also been distributed “by United Healthcare Children’s Foundation to individuals and organizations.”

Recall Issued for Popular Graco Car Seats

Graco Children’s Products Inc. just issued a recall of nearly 25,000 car seats. Why? Well, according to a release issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the webbing that holds a child in place may not adequately restrain the child in an accident.”

Possible Contamination Prompts John Morrell and Co. to Recall Hot Dogs

A new recall has been issued, this time for two types of beef franks produced and sold by John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company. So far nearly 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products have been recalled over concerns that they might be contaminated with “extraneous materials, specifically metal,” according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).