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The hard freeze has banished mosquitoes from Minnesota, but when they come back, you may find new labels on your bug repellent designed to give you the same standardized information you find on a bottle of sunscreen.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will ask insect repellent manufacturers to add a label to their products telling consumers how often the repellent should be applied.
Last week, the EPA released a sample of the graphic which shows the type of insect the product is meant to repel and for how long the product is effective. In a survey conducted last year, the EPA found the labels may be beneficial to those who forget the product needs to be reapplied.
The agency is seeking consumer comment on the graphic until March 6, 2014. The EPA said it wants to know if the graphic would help consumers choose a repellent and if it is easy to understand.
The EPA said the use of the graphic by the manufacturers of insect repellent will be voluntary.
Image: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Minnesota Board of Nursing's licensing and disciplinary processes will come under scrutiny during a joint hearing next week of the state Senate and House health and human services committees.
The hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, follows a continuing Star Tribune investigation of the state's regulation of nursing licenses that began Oct. 6 and continued Sunday. Dozens of nurses who have committed misconduct ranging from neglect and maltreatment of patients to stealing drugs to practicing while impaired have kept their licenses, the newspaper found.
Last month, key lawmakers announced their intention to hold the hearing. Sen. Kathy Sheran, the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Policy Committee, said legislators will hear testimony from Nursing Board Director Shirley Brekken, as well as Jerry Kerber, the inspector general for the Department of Human Services.
In a "sophisticated phone scam," fraudsters are telling consumers they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, the Internal Revenue Service said last week.
The IRS warned consumers that the scam is hitting "nearly every state in the country."
“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a news release.
The IRS noted that the first IRS contact on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.
If you've been the target of this scam, the IRS recommends contacting the Federal Trade Commission using their "FTC Complaint Assistant", and add "IRS telephone scam" in the comments of the complaint.
Two Minnesota-based companies recalled two children's products Tuesday, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
Target recalled 69,000 units of a Circo-brand sitting stool after seven reports of the stools breaking or
collapsing and causing a child to fall. In five of the incidents, bumps, bruises and cuts were reported, according to the CPSC.
Minnetonka-based BreathableBaby LLC recalled 15,000 units of their wearable infant blankets, BreathableSack because the zipper pull tabs and sliders can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Only those blankets marked with a manufacture date of 04/17/2012 from Lot No. 124 are being recalled.
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