Consumer Protection



Japanese Company Warns That Defective Toilets May Catch Fire

Toto Ltd., Japan’s leading toilet manufacturer, announced today that it was offering free repairs for a defect that had been identified in its popular "Z Series" toilets.  The company said that the defect, related to the toilets’ electrical systems, may…


WARNING: “Welsh Dragon Sausages” May Not Contain Real Dragon

In November, the Trading Standards department for Powys County, Wales, forced a sausage manufacturer to change the label of its "Welsh Dragon"-brand spicy sausage, on the grounds that the label was misleading because the product did not contain real dragon….


Wacky Warning Labels, 2006

A group called Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch runs an annual contest to find the dumbest or least necessary warning labels, and it released its 2006 list today.  The winners are: On a washing machine: "DO NOT put any person in…


New York City Now Enforcing Ban on Mystery Meat

Those of you in the New York area may be happy to know that the state’s Division of Food Safety and Inspection has recently begun enforcing laws against selling a variety of foods from, shall we say, unregulated sources. You…



Chinese Entrepreneur Sues for Right to Sell Special Air

Li Jie is suing the Chaoyang Industry and Commerce Bureau, angry that the CICB has undermined his business by denying him a permit to sell bags of air to consumers.  (Not "air bags," just "bags of air.")  Li pointed out…