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Consumer News 4/21/14

Kraft hot dog recall, housing market increase, and Alfa Romeo returns to U.S. auto market

Kraft recalls 96-thousand pounds of hot dogs over incorrect labels. Federal officials say the Oscar Mayer Classic Weiners packages at the center of the recall may contain cheese dogs, but the labels do not include milk as an ingredient. Kraft says it's voluntarily recalling the hot dogs "because they may be mislabeled." The 16-ounce packages were produced in March and distributed throughout the U.S.

 

It's getting a lot more expensive to put a roof over your head. Realtytrac releases a housing affordability analysis. It shows the estimated monthly house payment for a median-priced three-bedroom home went up 21 percent from a year ago. One out of three Americans live in markets where average rents are unaffordable for middle income earners. One in every 8 Americans live in markets where both average rents and median home prices are unaffordable for middle income earners.

 

After nearly 20 years of stops and starts, automaker Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. market. The company debuted its 4C model at the New York auto show this week. The relaunch also comes years after the brand's parent company Fiat, rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in 2009.          This exotic-looking, two seat, sports car goes on sale in June. It will cost about 70-thousand dollars. Those who can wait until fall will be able to choose from a wider variety of color choices -- and a cheaper price tag, starting at about 54-thousand dollars. The 4C will be sold through specific Fiat and Maserati dealers

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