“Let the buyer beware” remains a necessary maxim in our highly complex national market place of goods and services. Product safety controls are virtually non-existent, in a nation in which, annually, an estimated twenty million are injured, thirty thousand killed, and one hundred and ten thousand permanently disabled by products in or around homes and schools.
The absence of uniform standards of quality in many industries (automobile tires, for example) increases the difficulty of receiving full value for consumer expenditures. In an inflationary economy, this becomes an increasingly important concern for all, but especially for the underprivileged and the elderly, who are most susceptible to unfair consumer practices. Other products, such as prescription drugs, are, in most cases, purchased blindly by consumers who might even habitually compare prices in other areas.
To promote national safety and to improve the quality of American life, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges Congress to: