Consumer Awareness

This Topic Covers: Stay informed on the latest news, where to report fraud, complaints, and injury; Learn how to let your voice be heard and take action to make a difference; Key points on various topics, and more...

Consumer Rights Information

The National Health Federation is an international consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements, and use alternative therapies without government restrictions.

Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is the politically active voice at federal and state levels to educate decision makers on the right of the consumer to choose and the practitioner to practice. AAHF keeps consumers and practitioners updated on current health freedom issues, comments on proposed regulations/legislation, undertakes lawsuits, and organizes grassroots efforts.

Read the latest news. Take action on important legislation in Congress and at the State level. You can also find a healthcare practitioner or shop online.  Learn about threats to your freedom of choice in healthcare and alternative healthcare practices. 

Alliance For Natural Health International is an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. ANH-Intl campaigns across a wide range of fields, including for freedom of choice and the use of micronutrients and herbal products in healthcare. It also operates campaigns that aim to end mass fluoridation of water supplies and the use of genetically modified foods. Through its work particularly in Europe and the USA, the ANH-Intl works to accomplish its mission through its unique application of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’. - Natural Products Association

Lobbying activities for truth in labeling of dietary supplements, quality of ingredients, and good manufacturing processes. There are many ways you can act to protect your access to safe, affordable, and effective natural products such as dietary supplements. Learn about the Natural Products Association’s advocacy activities, visit the online Advocacy Action Center, and then take action yourself.  

The Center for Food Safety (CFS)  is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS also educates consumers concerning the definition of organic food and products. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through our True Food Network.

CSPI is best-known for advocating healthier dietspreventing food poisoning, obtaining comprehensive nutrition labeling of packaged foods and warning labels on alcoholic beverages, and exposing the nutrition content of restaurant foods.

In working to ensure that science is used in the public interest, CSPI also has vigorous programs on corporate influences on scienceagricultural biotechnology, marketing alcohol and junk food to kids, and the impact of our diets on the environment.


Take Action Links


Discontinue Unwanted Catalog Choice


Free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more. The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unsolicited catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. They aim to accomplish this by freely providing the Catalog Choice services to both consumers and businesses. Consumers can indicate which catalogs they no longer wish to receive, and businesses can receive a list of consumers no longer wanting to receive their catalogs.  


Take Action on various topics:

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer-advocacy organization, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa that focuses on health and nutrition issues. CSPI is best known for advocating healthier diets, preventing food poisoning, obtaining comprehensive nutrition labeling of packaged foods and warning labels on alcoholic beverages, and exposing the nutrition content of restaurant foods. Take action - Urge Your Member of Congress to Improve School Foods - Ask Your Governor to Put Nutrition Information on Restaurant Menus

Let your voice be heard. Use our letter writing system to give top companies and brands your feedback. For companies not in our database, you can prepare, polish, and send the letter yourself.

Stop Chemical Toxins in Consumer Products

Tell the nation's top ten retailers to get tough on toxic chemicals in consumer products! Take our action urging the retailers to Mind the Store.

Stop GMO's

A global petition has been launched demanding that approvals of GM foods be frozen until studies proving long-term safety are conducted and verified. Sign the petition and visit this terrific new website: that completely shreds the biotech industry’s arguments.

Mandatory Food Label Disclosure of GMO'S

This is the committee that has as its agenda, among other things, the adoption of a standard that would require the disclosure to consumers on product labels of the presence of any Genetically-Modified ingredients in that food products.

We must actively push the U.S. FDA for GMO food labeling domestically and for adhering to a correct position at Codex meetings. Contact the FDA and demand GMO labeling of food products and that the U.S. representative at Codex meetings back our demands when representing the American public at Codex. Go to link to sign petition…

Stop Chemicals in Cosmetics

The Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics teamed up with our friends at UltraViolet to launch a campaign demanding that Revlon stop using toxic chemicals in its makeup and hair dye. More than 45,000 people have weighed in so far. Take action! Write to Revlon’s Chairman and CEO

Education and Advocacy are the vehicles ANH-USA employs to advance integrative medicine and safeguard consumer choice over treatment modalities. 

Online Action Center - Take Action Center is easy to use. We have petitions and alerts set up that allow you to contact your legislative representative directly so that you may express your support for sustainable healthcare and your right to choose.

Take action to eliminate persistent toxic chemicals including mercury, PCBs, dioxin, and PBDEs in Washington.

  • Tell Revlon: Take cancer-causing chemicals out of our products now!
  • Tell food companies you want BPA out of cans NOW!
  • Demand Safer Chemicals
  • Secretary Sebelius, We Need a Breast Cancer Prevention Plan
  • Ask Your Senators to Support Safe Chemicals
  • We Can Taste the Hypocrisy, Progresso
  • Support the CARE Act for Medical Radiation Safety


Advertising and Fraud Complaints - Federal Trade Commission

The nation’s consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, internet services and online shopping.  The Bureau:

  • Enhances consumer confidence by enforcing federal laws that protect consumers

  • Empowers consumers with free information to help them exercise their rights and spot and avoid fraud and deception

  • Wants to hear from consumers who want to get information or file a complaint about fraud or identity theft

Your complaint may help us and our law enforcement partners detect patterns of fraud and abuse, which may lead to investigations and eliminate unfair business practices. Complaints are entered in our secure online database, which is used by many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The FTC cannot resolve individual complaints, but we can provide information about what next steps to take. File Complaint Here


Report Food Borne Illness

If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, please contact your county or city health department and tell them you would like to report a foodborne illness. Please refer to your state health department website to find more information about how to contact your local health department. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. By investigating foodborne disease outbreaks, public health officials learn about possible problems in food production, distribution and preparation that may cause illness.

Please call CDC INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) 24 hours a day/7 days a week.


To Report a Problem with Food

If you have a problem with a food product... separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. If you have experienced a problem with a food product, be sure to contact the appropriate public health organization.

For Help with Meat, Poultry and Processed Egg Products: Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or report the complaint online.

For Help with Restaurant Food Problems: Call the Health Department in your city, county or state. View a complete listing of State Departments of Public Health.

For Help with Non-Meat Food Products (Cereals, Fish, Produce, Fruit Juice, Pastas, Cheeses, etc): For complaints about food products which do not contain meat or poultry — such as cereal — call or write to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Check your local phone book under U.S. Government, Health and Human Services, to find an FDA office in your area. The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition can be reached at 1-888-723-3366.

In order for the USDA to investigate a problem with meat, poultry or egg products, you must have:

  • The original container or packaging

  • Any foreign object that you might have discovered in the product

  • Any uneaten portion of the food (refrigerate or freeze it)

Information you should be ready to tell the Hotline on the phone includes:

  • Name, address and phone number;

  • Brand name, product name and manufacturer of the product

  • The size and package type

  • Can or package codes (not UPC bar codes) and dates

  • Establishment number (EST) usually found in the circle or shield near the "USDA passed and inspected" phrase;

  • Name and location of the store, as well as the date that you purchased the product.

  • You can complain to the store or the product's manufacturer if you don't choose to make a formal complaint to the USDA.

If you think you are ill, see a physician: If an injury or illness allegedly resulted from use of a meat or poultry product, you will also need to tell the Hotline staff about the type, symptoms, time of occurrence and name of attending health professional (if applicable).

The Bottom Line: If you sense there's a problem with any food product, don't consume it. "When in doubt, throw it out."

To Report a Food Problem: What do you do if you think that you or a member of your family has food poisoning? Or if you suspect that food from a store or restaurant is contaminated? Follow these tips to report the problem quickly and effectively.

Food (Except Meat, Poultry or Egg Products)

Phone the FDA Main Emergency Number at 866-300-4374 or phone the Consumer Complaint       Coordinator for your state or area.

For details, see Questions and Answers: Problem Reporting (FDA).


Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products

Phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

For details, see Problems with Food Products (USDA).

Filing a Consumer Complaint Part 1
Learn what to do if you have a complaint about meat, poultry, or processed egg products.
Listen to the podcast or read the script (7:14 minutes)

Filing a Consumer Complaint Part 2
Learn how USDA processes a consumer complaint and what outcome you can expect.
Listen to the podcast or read the script (5:05 minutes)

Pet Food

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint (FDA)
Guidelines for reporting problems with pet food and animal feed.

Restaurant Food

Call the Health Department in your city, county, or state. See State Departments of Public Health for contact information.


Food Recalls and Alerts

This page lists notices of recalls and alerts from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Click the title of a recall to display the recall notice on the FDA or USDA website.

If the product details in the recall notice match the details on the food product you have at home, do not open or consume the product. Instead, do one of the following:

  • Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

  • Dispose of the product following the instructions provided in the recall notice to assure it will not be consumed by anyone.

For more information, see What to do if you have a recalled food product. - FSIS Recalls


USDA - Recall Posting Center on Products that Pose Health Concerns

FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

This page includes the most significant product actions of the last 60 days, based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk.  Sign up for email alert recall notices. aims to be your trusted resource, educating the public about all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are available on the market today. We accomplish our mission by providing you with a one-stop resource where you can find comprehensive information about these defective drugs and medical devices. Our website strives to keep you up-to-date with FDA Recalls, and our goal is to spread awareness, creating a safer environment for all consumers.



Dietary Supplements Consumer Alerts

Search for Listings of Tainted Dietary Supplements and/or Weight Loss Products here -  Drugs Resources For You Consumers - Buying Using Medicine Safely Medication Health Fraud



Receive Notices by Email or Your Mobile Phone

  • Get Recalls and Alerts by Email

  • Get Recalls and Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign up here Get Consumer Updates by E-mail to receive email notification alerts of dietary supplement recalls. When you subscribe to this service, you will receive an e-mail message each time there is an update on the FDA page(s) you select.


Emergency Alerts by Mobile Phone

You can receive important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are - at home, at school, or at work.

Public safety officials use reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Many communities also offer emergency alert notifications through their own systems. Check with the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System Authorities website to learn what is available in your area.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER emergency.

The WEA notification is designed to get your attention and notify you with a unique sound and vibration. When you receive an alert, take action and check local broadcasts for more information.

To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving WEA alerts, contact your mobile device carrier or visit CTIA, The Wireless Association.

If you choose not to receive WEA messages, you can adjust the alert settings on your mobile device. You can opt-out of receiving imminent hazard and AMBER alerts, but you cannot opt-out of Presidential alerts.

For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, download the WEA Fact Sheet or view Frequently Asked Questions



How to Report an Adverse Event or Serious Problem - US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

How Consumers Can Report an Adverse Event or Serious Problem to FDA: MedWatch is the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) program for reporting serious reactions, product quality problems, therapeutic in equivalence/failure, and product use errors with human medical products, including drugs, biologic products, medical devices, dietary supplements, infant formula, and cosmetics.

If you think you or someone in your family has experienced a serious reaction to a medical product, you are encouraged to take the reporting form to your doctor. Your health care provider can provide clinical information based on your medical record that can help FDA evaluate your report.

However, we understand that for a variety of reasons, you may not wish to have the form filled out by your health care provider, or your health care provider may choose not to complete the form. Your health care provider is NOT required to report to the FDA. In these situations, you may complete the Online Reporting Form yourself.

You will receive an acknowledgement from FDA when your report is received. Reports are reviewed by FDA staff. You will be personally contacted only if we need additional information.

Submitting Adverse Event Reports to FDA

Use one of the methods below to submit voluntary adverse event reports to the FDA:

  1. Consumer Reporting Form FDA 3500B. Follow the instructions on the form to either fax or mail it in for submission. For help filling out the form, see MedWatch Learn.

  2. Call FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report by telephone

  3. Reporting Form FDA 3500 commonly used by health professionals Safety MedWatch  

Report Problems: If you believe that you are experiencing an adverse response to taking a vitamin or any dietary supplement, Frankos advises reporting it to your health care provider, as well as to the manufacturer whose name or phone number appears on the label.

You can also report directly to FDA through its MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088 or online at  Starting December 22, 2007, any serious adverse events reported to a dietary supplement manufacturer must be reported to FDA within 15 days of the manufacturer receiving the adverse event report.

What to  Report to FDA MedWatch:

Use the MedWatch form to report adverse events that you observe or suspect for human medical products, including serious drug side effects, product use errors, product quality problems, and therapeutic failures for:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter medicines, as well as medicines administered to hospital patients or at outpatient infusion centers

  • Biologics (including blood components, blood and plasma derivatives, allergenic, human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps))

  • Medical devices (including in vitro diagnostic products)

  • Combination products

  • Special nutritional products (dietary supplements, infant formulas, and medical foods)

  • Cosmetics

  • Foods/beverages (including reports of serious allergic reactions)


News & Safety Alerts

Environmental Health News is an independent, foundation-funded news organization that reports and publishes news stories on environmental topics and provides daily access to news from other media around the world. For the latest news, see

Health Impact News Daily brings you the latest news regarding issues that impact your health you may find difficult to find in other media sources.

In our Medicine Watch category we bring you the latest news regarding the dangers of prescription drugs, which some statistics now list as the 3rd or 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., as well as the latest news on the vaccine conflict.

In our Real Food Nutrition category we bring you news about traditional foods that are truly healthy, as opposed to modern mass-produced factory foods. We also cover the truth regarding saturated fats and the faulty cholesterol theory of heart disease, and we cover the issues concerning consumer demand for raw milk and the opposition to it.

The Created4Health section features the writings of the editor regarding the spiritual side of health, based on the writings of the ancient scriptures known today as The Bible, the all-time best-selling book in human history. We also cover important news topics related to “creation” or “intelligent design”, as opposed to the modern day academic propaganda of Darwinian evolution that is forced upon people through government funded education. As was documented in the Ben Stein documentary “Expelled“, alternative views to Darwinian evolution are censored in the academic arena. They will not be censored on this site.  The spiritual topics written by the editor are found on the Create4Health website. - The Natural News Network  public education websites covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism.

We offer thousands of articles and dozens of downloadable reports and guides (like the Honest Food Guide) that are designed to educate and empower individuals, families and communities so that they may experience improved health, awareness and life fulfillment. - The latest Complementary Medicine News & Alternative Medicine News articles published daily. Includes news on alternative treatments, including homeopathy, dietary supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage and many more. provides health-conscious readers and health care professionals with a credible source of scientifically-sound information on natural medicine and holistic health care. The site is an online extension of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, a print publication that reaches approximately 100,000 physicians nationwide.

Our website features a complete archive of all articles published in the print version of Holistic Primary Care since its launch 4 years ago, along with late-breaking news and many other online special features. - Life Extension Organization is a global authority on health, wellness and nutrition as well as a provider of scientific information on anti-aging therapies.

MediGuard is a free medication monitoring service designed specifically for patients - allowing them to take a more active role in their treatment through:

  1. Screening for drug-drug and drug-disease interactions.

  2. Sending you email alerts and updates as important safety information arises for your medications.

  3. Sharing feedback from other members on side effects and other important information.

  4. Providing you with a printable list of your medications.

MediGuard was created by professionals with decades of experience in healthcare market research, clinical drug development, and drug safety to empower patients to make better informed health decisions. The primary purpose of MediGuard is to promote improved communication and research about drug safety for members taking an active role in their treatment. By providing up-to-date safety alerts/recalls, along with feedback and reviews from other MediGuard members, we are able to engage directly with members and allow them to make more informed decisions regarding their health.


Public Health Advisories 

Drug Safety Communications: This webpage was developed to provide the public with easy access to important drug safety information. The webpage contains the most recent Drug Safety Communications from FDA as well as links for Early Communications, Follow-Up Early Communications, Information for Healthcare Professional sheets, and Public Health Advisories issued prior to January 29th, 2010. You can also find drug specific information using the Index to Drug-Specific Information. - Center for Disease Control

Traveler's Health Notices - Outbreaks: Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has tracked foodborne illness outbreaks -- events where two or more people become ill from eating the same food -- since 1997. The Outbreak Alert! database includes only outbreaks where both the food and pathogen have been identified and currently has information on over 7,000 outbreaks that occurred between 1990 to 2011. For a summary of the outbreak data, see our latest Outbreak Alert!report.




Traveler Information Center

Every year more and more Americans are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, and volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, the information on this page will help you to be ProactivePrepared, and Protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling.


Search to See if Your Cosmetics Are Toxic - The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer-rights groups. Our goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives. - Consumer-Guides

[EWG] The Environmental Working Group offers you popular, easy-to-use guides to help you choose products and foods that are free of toxic ingredients, safe for your children and environmentally friendly.  – Consumer Product Guide - Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.

Skin Deep pairs ingredients in more than 37,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind.


This Less Toxic Guide has been prepared based on the best available scientific research coupled with the anecdotal evidence of consumers who have contributed their experiences with various products. 

In choosing the products we use on our bodies and in and around our homes WE are the ones in control. We can make informed choices for the sake of our own health and the health of our families. And in most cases, what is less toxic for us is also less toxic for the natural environment.

Making the move to less toxic products can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to happen all at once. Whether you make changes in only a few things or in many, you will be making positive choices for your life.

We have produced this Guide in the hope that it will be of assistance to many different types of people, all of whom want to live healthier lives.

Shoppers Guide to Toxins on Food

What's on my food is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.


Find Listings of Natural Personal Care Products - Find Listings of Natural Certified Personal Care Products


Portable Shopper’s Food Guides - Carry the pocket guide that’s right for your region to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood wherever you live or travel. - Portable Pocket Shopper's nonGMO Guide to help you find and avoid GE ingredients wherever you shop.  Guide gives you valuable information on common GE ingredients, brands to look for, and look out for, and common sense tips to keep you in the know.

The list focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE crops. The most widely grown GE crops, accounting for nearly 99% of the GE crop acreage in North America, are corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list does not include foods that are not yet genetically engineered, such as most fruits and vegetables, olive oils, whole wheat or rice products, or other foods that do not contain GE ingredients on the market. Additionally, as GE ingredients are NOT allowed in organic food production, they are not included in full in this list. - Download the Guide

Download Non-GMO Shopping Guides - The Non-GMO Shopping Guide has features over 150 brands currently enrolled in the Non-GMO Project. This purse/pocket-sized guide will help you identify and avoid foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) foods while you shop -   Download Non Gmo Shopping Guide


How To Dine Out Safely - Eat Well Guide helps you find local, sustainable, and organic food wherever you go. Find sustainable food by your zip code. - Find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu selections and corresponding nutrition information at restaurants near you - fast food to fine dining. Learn about HealthyDiningFinder's Sodium Savvy  criteria.

Healthy Dining Finder 

Search for restaurants offering healthy dining choices in your neighborhood by zip code. Find many tantalizing and dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu choices that restaurants nationwide are dishing up to help you enjoy eating out as part of your healthy lifestyle. Use calories, fat, saturated fat, and price ranges to find delicious, nutritious meals that are right for you.

Healthy Weight: Rethink Your Drink

Many people don't realize just how many calories beverages can contribute to their daily intake. Calories from drinks can really add up. This document provides you with options for reducing the number of calories in what you drink.


Find Local Farmers' Markets


Local Harvest Farmers' Markets - The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Shop in our catalog for things you can't find locally. -

Locally grown meats - Find food in your neighborhood and when you travel that is healthful, humane, better for the environment, and that supports family farmers.

Use the USDA Farmers Markets Search to find one near you. Due to their flexible locations, some community farmers markets provide fresh, healthy foods when other sources aren't as easily accessed. Learn more about how the USDA helps to expand healthy food access through the development of local food systems.


Find a Recycling Center

Recycling locator box above can help you find where you can recycle in your area.

Find Recycling Center for Computers, TVs

EarthSave educates people about the powerful effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth, and encourages a shift toward a healthy, plant-based diet.