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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mexico's Booming Car Industry Selling Unsafe Cars

November 29, 2013 9:19 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Mexico's booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they're headed. Vehicles destined to stay in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying there's no need for antilock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models.

FDA Tells 23andMe To Halt Sales Of Genetic Test

November 26, 2013 1:09 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

In a warning letter posted online Monday, FDA regulators say that the Silicon Valley company has not shown that its tests are safe or effective despite "more than 14 face-to-face and teleconference meetings" and "hundreds of email exchanges."  

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 25, 2013 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

November 25, 2013 9:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

CMMI Institute To Help Companies Elevate Organizational Performance

November 20, 2013 10:21 am | by CMMI Institute | Boeing, Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The CMMI Institute announced today its strategy to extend the reach of the CMMI model to enable businesses of every size in every industry to elevate performance and to provide tools that equip CMMI practitioners to begin and to grow their journey with CMMI.

Innovation Goes Viral

November 18, 2013 3:57 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is essential in the food industry, particularly when it comes to technologies that enhance product quality and safety. One new innovation that works to improve food safety is a “viral spray” designed to destroy potentially harmful bacteria on food products.

German Firm Found Liable In Breast Implants Case

November 14, 2013 1:50 pm | News | Comments

A French court has ruled that a German product testing company failed its duty to check and control silicone breast implants used by tens of thousands of women worldwide that turned out to be prone to leakage.         

Chess, Rubber Duck Inducted Into Toy Hall Of Fame

November 7, 2013 1:34 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday. The pair beat out 10 other finalists: bubbles, the board game Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green Army men, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, the Pac-Man video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the scooter.

Cargill To Label Meat After 'Pink Slime' Uproar

November 6, 2013 7:33 am | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef after the ingredient came under attack as "pink slime" last year. The Minneapolis-based meat company says the new packages will appear before next year's grilling season and is in response to consumer demand. It says packages will note when a product "Contains Finely Textured Beef."

It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 4, 2013 3:27 pm | by Debra M. Strauss | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.    

Mass. Senate OKs Compounding Pharmacy Crackdown

October 31, 2013 2:04 pm | News | Comments

The Senate bill establishes sterile compounding and complex non-sterile compounding specialty licenses to be issued by the Board of Registration of Pharmacy. It also requires inspectors to conduct planned and unplanned inspections of pharmacies.   

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