Ask Liz: Milk, Phone Scams & Child Safety Seats
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Do child safety seats have an expiration date? The National Safe Kids Campaign says:
- Most manufacturers agree that child safety seats should not be used after six years.
- That's because there's always new technology that can help protect kids better.
- It says many new car seats have "use by dates" on them.
- All car seats should have sticker on them telling you when the seat was manufactured.
- If you're getting a used car seat, make sure it's from someone you know and trust and make sure it's never been involved in an accident.
Why does organic milk seem to have a longer shelf life than regular milk? The International Dairy Foods Association helped us with this answer:
- The pasteurization temperature is what determines the shelf life of a dairy product.
- Milk needs to be pasteurized to destroy bacteria for safety reasons and can be regularly pasteurized or ultra-pasteurized, which involves a higher heat treatment.
- Ultra-pasteurization results in a longer shelf life, and is commonly used in organic milks.
- The length of the shelf life is only valid while the package is unopened.
Are there any telltale signs that a scam artist might be on the other end of the phone line? The Federal Communications Commission has this warning:
- One common scam leads consumers to incur high charges on their cell phone bills by making international calls.
- Scammers leave a voice message saying you've won a prize and when you call back the number to claim your winnings, the international calling charges kick in.
- The most common area codes in this scam are: 809, 649, 284 and 876.
- Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls.
- Be aware that scammers can connect calls to international telephone numbers, where the long distance fees can pile up.
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