Exercise great caution around this beer: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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

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The new national beverage?

Tim Hortons coffee

More Canadian than those Swiss Chalet sauce-flavoured Lays chips. (CBC)

According to a new list, Canadians drink more coffee than almost anyone else in the world: 152 litres a year, about a barrel each.

(And some mornings, that really doesn’t seem like enough.)

Not to get between you and your caffeine fix, but it probably means those recycling problems could really be a very bad thing.

Exploding beer. Repeat: exploding beer

Beer Sale

Some bursting beer cans have been recalled in Ontario. (Shutterstock)

Speaking of our favourite beverages, here’s some news that might cause a spit take.

Some Amsterdam Brewery’s Sweetwater Radler Blood Orange has been recalled in Ontario because, well, it might burst due to excessive internal pressure.

Approach with caution.

This week in getting scammed

hi-broken-heart-istock

Romance scams seem particularly heartless.

Police nabbed an alleged romance scammer this week – the scam involved a fake diplomat, no less, and one woman was taken for $30,000 – and now they’re looking for other victims.

(Also, good luck getting this song out of your head.)

Elsewhere in getting taken: Hey Maritimers, watch out for this one.

There’s a new iPhone ICYMI

APPLE-IPHONE/

The new wireless AirPods that everyone has been going on about. (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)

Apple’s iPhone 7 launched this week, followed by a thousand iOpinions.

Most controversial about the new phone: There’s no headphone jack, so wireless earbuds – called AirPods – are about to be a thing.

No word yet on what terrible advice the internet has on how to talk to women wearing headphones if you can’t tell she’s wearing headphones. (Seriously, just don’t.)

Anti-antibacterials

Antibacterial soap

Bye, antibacterial soap. (Shutterstock)

The U.S. is washing its hands of some antibacterial soaps, including those made with triclosan.

The FDA announced the ban because of lack of evidence that they’re safe, or, that they’re any better than your basic soap and water.

We’ll just be over here waiting patiently for Health Canada to publish its own assessment.

Get out of the car

Ford Escape Recall

Check if your car is on the list. (Seth Perlman/Associated Press)

Ford and Mazda are recalling millions of vehicles.

The Ford recall involves doors that can spring open while you’re driving.

The Mazda issue involves SUVs where the hatch could fall on you.

#WorstRoadTripEver?

Bell’s big shift

Bell canada bce TV

Bell also admitted it wrote a training document telling employees to downplay the cheap plans. (CBC)

Just hours before Bell officials had to testify before the CRTC about mandated $25 basic cable packages, the company announced it would be easier and cheaper for customers to get the deal.

The issue: For the cheaper plans, Bell had been requiring that customers also sign up for the company’s internet service.

The CRTC said the timing could be seen as “somewhat surprising.” Ahem.

On TV this week: Sale Fail

Sale fail: Outlets vs retail, and Winners’ prices

Attention shoppers: I’m afraid we have some not-that-great news about outlet shopping. Those steals are not always as good as they seem. And we also investigate what exactly the deal is with those “compare at” prices at Winners.

Watch it on TV again this weekend or catch it online now. (Before you go shopping.)

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Exercise great caution around this beer: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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