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Volkswagen has recently come under serious fire for allegedly fraudulently concealing the true emissions of pollutants in certain of its Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi diesel vehicles.  An announcement by Volkswagen this week is even more troubling for the company and also for those who own Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.  On Tuesday, Volkswagen announced that an internal investigation revealed what it titled “inconsistencies” in both carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy of an additional 800,000 vehicles, most of which were sold in North America.  The Volkswagen internal investigation indicated the “inconsistencies” may lower fuel economy of certain vehicles up to 15 percent.

Details have yet to be revealed to the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates emissions standards and sets the requirements for fuel economy measurements.  Consumers, too, are left in the dark while Volkswagen continues to not fully disclose this important information.

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An investigation by the New York Attorney General has revealed that many health conscious consumers have been duped into paying high prices for herbal supplements that are essentially sugar pills.  The office tested several name-brand herbal supplements (Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root) from Walgreens, GNC, Target and WalMart to determine if they contained the advertised ingredients.  The study revealed that some of the herbal supplements tested had none of the ingredients advertised.  In some cases, the supplements contained many ingredients not advertised on the label, such as wheat, soy, and beans—known allergens that could pose potentially serious health risks if unknowingly ingested by those with allergies.

The results were so troubling that the New York Attorney General ordered the retailers to cease and desist selling certain products in New York State.  Unfortunately, the power of the New York Attorney General does not extend beyond  New York State, so they may still be available for sale in your state.  Furthermore, the cease and desist letters do not require the retailers to reimburse consumers who purchased these not-as-advertised supplements.

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