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Merck Recalls Combo Cholesterol Drug

January 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker Merck & Co. is recalling a combination cholesterol drug, wiping out the entire U.S. stock, due to packaging defects that could reduce effectiveness. Merck says the recall covers all four dose strengths and every batch distributed since Liptruzet was launched last May.

Chicken Plant Closes Again After Cockroach Cleanup

January 13, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

The plant closed Jan. 8 when inspectors found the cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over four months. The closure came three months after inspectors threatened a shutdown because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno.

States Urged To Register Compounding Pharmacies

January 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to state agencies and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as producers of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

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Most Innovative Companies #6: Daniele, Inc.

January 10, 2014 12:12 pm | Articles | Comments

More than three decades ago, the Dukcevich family brought their delicious salumi to America from Northern Italy. Today, families all over the world enjoy their rosciutto, sopressata, salame, pancetta, mortadella and capocollo. They use new technology to extend shelf-life, ensure food safety and expand the reach of its sausage and cured meat products to a growing base of consumers.

Most Innovative Companies #7: Beaverton Foods, Inc.

January 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Articles | Comments

#7 is Beaverton Foods, Inc., which we picked because of its ability to remain flexible, specializing in small-batch recipes and the ability to change the facility to a new process in record time. By staying small, and innovating on hundreds of product formulas and bottling styles, they can concentrate on quality and distinct flavor.

Roaches Found At California Chicken Plant

January 9, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Work at a California chicken plant has been halted after federal inspectors found cockroaches. The Modesto Bee reports the Foster Farms facility in Livingston carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Food Safety and Inspection Service detailing the cockroach problem.

Over 350 In Japan Sickened By Tainted Frozen Food

January 7, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings began recalling 6.4 million packages of various frozen foods on Dec. 29, saying it found some were tainted by high levels of pesticides. The company has received hundreds of thousands of calls about the problem.

Combi USA Recalls More Than 33,000 Child Seats

January 3, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Combi USA is recalling more than 33,000 child car seats made before January 2013 because the harnesses aren't strong enough to meet federal safety standards. The Charlotte, N.C., company is recalling the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360.

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Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart had recalled the donkey meat — which it said was considered a popular delicacy in parts of China — after DNA testing by a government agency. The company said Thursday that it withdrew all products from the supplier, Dezhou Fujude Food Company, and that affected customers were offered compensation.

Original Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

January 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Candice Choie, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

China Says Vaccines Didn't Cause 9 Kids' Deaths

January 3, 2014 5:14 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vaccines did not cause the deaths of nine children shortly after they were inoculated for hepatitis in a Chinese government program and no links have been found in eight other cases still being investigated, health officials said Friday after safety concerns arose.

GM To Recall 1.5M Cars In China To Replace Bracket

December 27, 2013 8:28 am | News | Comments

The recall affects 1.2 million Buick Excelles made from 2006 through part of 2012 and 250,000 Chevrolet Sails produced between April 2009 and October 2011 and some made last year. The bracket to be replaced might crack and in extreme cases cause a fuel leak.

China Investigates Vaccine Maker After Baby Deaths

December 24, 2013 9:15 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

The probe was launched after provincial and health authorities separately reported that since November, about a half-dozen babies died shortly after receiving hepatitis B vaccine made by Biokangtai. One case has been ruled out while the others are still being investigated.

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10 Years After Mad Cow, Little Change On Tracking

December 23, 2013 8:37 am | by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

A walking tour of Bill Wavrin's dairy takes few steps. But 10 years ago Monday, it took just one cow to send shock waves through the cattle industry of the United States, home to some 100 million cattle, slam the door on billions of dollars in exports and scare a lot of beef eaters.

FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected. The FDA says it wants to make sure the rules are practical for farmers who have to abide by them.

Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 19, 2013 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

Brazil Chooses Swedish Fighter Jet In $4.5B Deal

December 19, 2013 9:06 am | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's government said Wednesday that Sweden's Saab won a long-delayed fighter jet contract initially worth $4.5 billion that will supply at least 36 planes to Latin America's biggest nation. The decision to buy the Saab jet over Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet or France's Dassault Rafale came as a surprise to many. Some analysts said Boeing's bid was hurt by reports that the U.S. conducted extensive spying in Brazil.

HP And Google Recall Charger Due To Burn Risk

December 18, 2013 9:24 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that the recalled chargers were sold with the HP Chromebook 11 from October to November at Best Buy, Amazon.com and Google Play and HP Shopping online for about $280. Consumers should stop using this product and contact Google for a free replacement charger, the commission said.

Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 8:24 am | News | Comments

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.

Calif. Company Asks For Judgment Vs. Sunland's CEO

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

A California company suing Sunland Inc. for $1 million also is asking for a judgment against one of the top executives of the defunct Portales peanut processor. Albuquerque attorney Nathan Mann says chocolate maker Swain Creations Inc. is accusing Sunland and CEO Jimmie Shearer of fraud, concealment and intentional misrepresentation.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.

Horses Used In Labs End Up On French Dinner Tables

December 16, 2013 8:26 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers from France's National Gendarmerie, accompanied by food safety and veterinary investigators, carried out raids in 11 regions in southern France before dawn, arresting 21 people, according to a statement.        

Top 13 In 2013, #8: Automakers Suffer From Recall Fever

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Many outside the manufacturing world probably think that in the aftermath of Toyota’s “sudden unintended acceleration” issues beginning in 2009, in which they would end up recalling millions of vehicles, the automotive industry would have implemented better quality standards. Turns out that's not exactly the whole story.

Top 13 In 2013, #10: Boeing’s Dreamliner Takes Flight, Kind Of

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.

As Wine Fakers Get Sharper, Industry Fights Back

December 9, 2013 7:37 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Counterfeiting has likely dogged wine as long as it has been produced. In the 18th century, King Louis XV ordered the makers of Cotes du Rhone to brand their barrels with "CDR" before export to prevent fraud. But it is getting more sophisticated and more ambitious, particularly as bottle prices rise due to huge demand in new markets, mainly in Asia.

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