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Calls for regulating trampoline parks, new airline passenger rights: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week, including new airline passenger rights, why glass dishes can explode unexpectedly and why parasites in your fish are no cause for panic.

Newsletter: Consumer and health news you need from the week

A baby crawling across a tumble track collapses after being double-bounced by an older child at one of Canada's trampoline parks. The B.C. safety authority is calling for more regulations in the parks. (CBC)

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.

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The B.C. safety authority is calling for more regulation of trampoline parks following our investigation into safety concerns. The recommendation from Technical Safety B.C. (TSBC) also follows a 2018 death in the province and several serious injuries. TSBC says the parks are a potential public safety risk. Our hidden camera investigation found risky behaviour was ignored. 

New airline passenger rights

The next time your flight doesn't go as planned, a new set of rules will dictate what you're entitled to. Some rules kicked in this week (including up to $2,400 in compensation for getting bumped from a flight), while others will change in December. In 2017, we investigated whether an air passenger bill of rights would offer the protection you want.

Why glass dishes can explode unexpectedly

You might want to check your glasses for tiny imperfections and impurities. A woman in Victoria says she is lucky she wasn't hurt when a brand-new glass mixing bowl violently shattered in her home. An expert says faulty glasses or ones built with poor formulations can cause catastrophic failure. Health Canada says since 2014, there have been 71 documented cases of glass dishes shattering unexpectedly where temperature was not a factor.

Marina Hill of Victoria said her mixing bowl exploded into tiny pieces while just sitting on the counter. (Marina Hill)

Are parasites in your fish harmless?

Pulling dozens of squirming worms from a raw fish you just bought at the supermarket might not be the most appetizing sight, but experts say they're harmless and chances are you're already eating worms without knowing it. They also say the worms only pose a health risk if alive.

'If they are dead, there is absolutely no problem at all.' (Stephanie Jenzer/CBC)

Canada flags nearly 900 food items from China

Gumballs with "extraneous" metal, three-minute chow mein that contained an insect and spicy octopus flagged for a "non-specific hazard" were just some of the imports from China that recently caught the attention of officials. Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants between 2017 and early 2019.

Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records. (Shutterstock)

Trash from U.S., Canada shipped to Cambodia

Cambodia is figuring out how to deal with 83 shipping containers of plastic waste, 13 of which came from Canada. If you're feeling like you've heard this story before, it's because several countries have been dealing with unwanted shipments of waste after China started refusing shipments. Last year we took a look at why going plastic-free is so hard, especially at the grocery store.

In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, photo, containers loaded with plastic waste are shown at Sihanoukville Port, southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The country's committee to investigate the sources of the trash needs up to 10 days to conclude their investigation, an official said Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Sea Seakleng/Associated Press)

What else is going on?

The latest in recalls

  • The loop fastener on these Joe Fresh baby hats may detach and pose a choking hazard to children.
  • The skate axle on these K2 inline skates may become loose. A portion of the axle may also sheer off.
  • These ground bison products have been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
  • Sleep aid product Blackout has been recalled because it is labelled to contain a drug at a prescription-strength dose that may pose serious health risks.
  • These two models of the Bodum Bistro toaster could pose a shock hazard to consumers.
  • Hot liquids may cause these Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh White Can Mugs to crack or break.
  • These ProBar brand bars have been recalled due to unlisted milk and soy.
  • Last week's recall of Shirakiku brand Frozen Fish Cakes has been expanded to include more products and more ingredients that were not listed on the label. 

Marketplace is looking for parents and kids to take our test

Do you know what goes on at your kid's school? We're looking for parents and their kids in the Greater Toronto Area who are willing to take our test on camera. From who's your kid's favourite teacher to what have they learned so far in sex ed. We want to know how much parents really know — and this time, the kids get to do the grading! Please email caitlin.taylor@cbc.ca.

Are you the ultimate bargain hunter?

Marketplace is looking for families or friends about to plan a vacation together. Do you know how to spot extra charges or hidden fees? Do you think you are a good negotiator? Perhaps you have what it takes to compete against other Canadians on Marketplace's vacation challenge. If you want to show our producers how you can beat the fees and get the best vacation deal, please email jenny.cowley@cbc.ca

What should we investigate next?

Our television season has wrapped, but you can catch up on previous Marketplace investigations on CBC Gem. From scams and misleading marketing claims to products and services that could put your health at risk, we are working on bringing you brand-new investigations this fall. If you have a story you think we should be covering, email us at marketplace@cbc.ca.

 

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