Consumer Notice’s mission is to promote consumers’ awareness of public health and safety hazards and inform them of their rights when faced with loss or injury caused by another’s negligence.
Who We Are
We are researchers, writers, editors and outreach coordinators with a passion for exposing unsafe products and unfair business practices that threaten the welfare of the public.
Based in Orlando, Florida, we collaborate with experts across the U.S. to make trustworthy, timely and thorough analyses of product recalls and leading and emerging risks accessible to consumers. We distribute the latest information about consumer lawsuits and how you can seek legal help if you need it.
Michelle Llamas, Senior Writer & Board Certified Patient Advocate
Michelle Llamas has written about products that affect consumer health and safety for more than 10 years. Medical journals and news outlets have cited and published her work. She is passionate about educating consumers and empowering them to become their own advocates.
Terry Turner, Senior Writer
Terry Turner has been writing articles and producing news broadcasts for more than 30 years. An Emmy-winning journalist, he has reported on consumer policy issues before Congress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies.
Michelle Whitmer, Medical Writer & Environmental Expert
Michelle Whitmer is a writer with more than 13 years of experience covering medical and environmental issues. She was quoted by The New York Times on the dangers of asbestos exposure, and her articles have been published in The Boston Globe and Health & Safety International Magazine.
Bianca Prieto, Writer
Bianca Prieto is an award-winning former newspaper journalist. She has spent more than a decade specializing in breaking news and investigative reporting. Before joining ConsumerNotice.org, she served as a criminal justice investigative reporter for news organizations in New York City, Orlando and Denver.
Travis Rodgers, Writer
Travis Rodgers is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has more than 20 years of experience in television news broadcasting. Prior to joining ConsumerNotice.org, he worked as a video editor, reporter, web editor and producer for multiple TV affiliates across the Southeast United States.
Amy Edel, Editor
Amy Edel has an extensive background in journalism, digital and print content management, social media strategy and branding. During her tenure with the global communications team at Interbrand, she stewarded social content for 40 offices around the world and edited their renowned annual Best Global Brands and Best Global Green Brands reports.
Kim Borwick, Editor
Kim Borwick has been working with writers to produce informative and engaging articles and manuscripts for more than 15 years. Her professional experience includes writing and editing academic publications, editing educational materials and writing, editing and teaching fiction and screenwriting techniques.
Sophia Clifton, Editor
Sophia Clifton, a participant in the CDC’s courses for public health professionals and writers, draws upon her specialized knowledge of health literacy when collaborating with Consumer Notice’s digital content team. Her editorial experience includes daily news, lifestyle pieces and medical content.
Amy Keller, RN
Amy Keller uses her experience as a registered nurse and a former journalist to provide Consumer Notice’s readers with relevant information from an unbiased, health-oriented perspective. She received her BSN from the University of South Florida’s Accelerated Second Degree program and was nominated for the USF Nurse Alumni Nightingale award for excellence in nursing during her internship at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Kristen Zymowski, Outreach Coordinator
Kristen Zymowski is an Outreach Coordinator for Consumer Notice. She graduated from Flagler College in 2018 and has worked with us since February 2019. Kristen has a passion for sharing important consumer health information to those who may not know about harmful drugs and devices.
Consumer Notice is sponsored by Wilson and Peterson LLP. The law firm helps families harmed by dangerous consumer products, defective drugs and medical devices, workplace and traffic accidents, environmental hazards and other injuries get free case reviews.
How We Help Our Users
Our editorial team researches safety and product recall information released by federal agencies, monitors news reports of dangerous products and interviews experts about alternatives and solutions that can protect consumers from harm. And we present this information to consumers in comprehensive, easy-to-understand guides and articles.
Our consumer guides provide extensive insight into issues that affect your safety and that of your family.
Consumer Notice is committed to advocating for the rights and safety of consumers. We offer information about risks consumers face and the resources available to people who want to take action while being a voice for spreading awareness about stories of those affected.
We maintain ongoing outreach efforts to build relationships with other organizations, journalists, medical professionals and consumer experts to promote and deliver information through a community-driven approach.
Consumer Notice operates independent of our sponsors and does not accept money from advertisers. Outside groups or businesses have no influence over our content.
Editorial control rests within the Consumer Notice team.
We adhere to a strict code of integrity, accuracy and quality control as detailed in our editorial policy.
Our sources include:
- Peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals
- Reputable news agencies and outlets
- Reports and databases from regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Reports and studies from nonpartisan and nonprofit consumer safety and advocacy organizations
- State and federal court documents
- Interviews with acknowledged experts or consumer advocates
- Corroborated personal stories of people injured by consumer products or services, drugs or medical devices, or through another party’s negligence
Our editorial team is committed to transparency in our content, providing a list of sources on each page and contact information for the author, editor and any expert reviewers.
Our Content Approval Process
- Team members rely on highly credible sources to gather information to ensure our content is trustworthy and comprehensive.
- Content is written to fully address our readers’ interests, needs and concerns in a fair and factual manner.
- An editor fact-checks all sources and content and edits for concision, accuracy, organization and overall readability.
- Medical, legal or safety experts review content to make certain that the information is correct, current, comprehensive and of value to the public.
- Multiple reviews further check for accuracy in textual content, graphics, tables and other images before the content is published.
Awards and Better Business Bureau Accreditation
ConsumerNotice.org has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Trust and reliability factors that the BBB looks at to determine its ratings include how a company interacts with consumers, licensing, length of time a business has been operating and ethical advertising practices.
ConsumerNotice.org doesn’t compromise the accuracy and quality of information it provides while keeping consumers up-to-date on products and issues that affect their everyday lives.
Fall 2023 Digital Health Awards
Consumer Notice won two bronze 2023 Digital Health Awards from the feature story Health Information Resource Center for How Workplace Hair Discrimination Can Impact the Health of Black Women and the Guide to Staying Safe After a Train’s Chemical Spill.
The Digital Health Awards are presented twice a year by a panel of health technology experts and are based on content, format, delivery and quality. A panel of 48 experts in digital health media served as judges and selected gold, silver, bronze, and merit winners from more than 400 entries in 2023.
Authoritative Organizations that Have Cited ConsumerNotice.org
Vermont Highway Safety AllianceThe Alliance includes ConsumerNotice.org’s traffic safety guide in its list of resources.
Long Island WeeklyConsumerNotice.org’s Outreach Coordinator Megan Bellstedt is quoted in a series on Long Island’s water contamination problems.
Greenville, North Carolina, Fire Prevention & Life Safety ServicesThe city government website includes ConsumerNotice.org’s home safety page among its Life Safety Links.
Illinois Head Start AssociationConsumerNotice.org’s child safety guide is part of the association’s Parent Resources.
Keep Massachusetts BeautifulThe volunteer anti-litter organization includes ConsumerNotice.org’s guide to reducing pollution among its Green Links.