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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, | 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, | 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.   

Audi, GMC, Volvo Crack Reliability Survey Top 10

October 28, 2013 1:53 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japan's lock on Consumer Reports' vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands — Audi, Volvo and GMC — cracked the top ten.

Kraft Recalls String Cheese That May Spoil Early

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

Kraft says it issued the recall after receiving several reports from consumers about cheese going bad. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the affected products and is investigating the problem. The affected products were made in a plant in Campbell, N.Y.


Olive Oil, Fish Top EU Food Fraud List

October 18, 2013 2:36 pm | News | Comments

An EU draft report says olive oil, fish and organic food are subjected to fraud more than any other foods. In fact, the report says beef is less risky, despite the scandal early this year over beef tainted with horsemeat.       

Survey: 7 In 10 U.S. Companies Are Neglecting Third-Party Risk

October 17, 2013 2:04 pm | by NAVEX Global | News | Comments

The survey gathered insights from 300+ business professionals responsible for ethics and compliance activities. It explored how and whether they have implemented policies to mitigate the risks of doing business with third parties overseas. Survey respondents largely acknowledged the risk, but 71 percent admitted they do not track information on some or all of their third party relationships.

Study: Herbal Products Don't Always Contain What's On The Label

October 11, 2013 2:09 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Some products contained fillers like wheat or rice that were not listed on the label. Some were contaminated with other plant species that could have caused toxicity or triggered allergic reactions. And still others contained no trace of the substance the bottle purported to contain.

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate In Ill.

October 8, 2013 8:13 am | by Sara Burnett, Associated Press | News | Comments

Koehler's bill would require farmers and manufacturers to label any food that's available for retail sale in Illinois and that contains more than 1 percent of genetically engineered ingredients. The front or back of the package must clearly state "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."

Ohio Drug Company Closing, 1,100 Jobs To Be Lost

October 4, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

Ben Venue Laboratories Inc. said Thursday it will stop production by the end of this year. The Bedford company says all 1,100 jobs will be phased out starting this month and continuing into next year. The company voluntarily shut down two years ago due to quality problems at its factory.

3rd Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 12:35 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana prosecutor says an explosives company employee is expected to plead guilty in the investigation into alleged improper handling of millions of pounds of military propellant. Quality service manager Michael Kile would be the third Explo Systems Inc. employee to plead guilty in the case.

Bubbles, Scooter In Running For Toy Hall Of Fame

October 1, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

The finalists are: Bubbles, chess, 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, the scooter and the rubber duck.     

UL Study Reveals Critical Gaps Between Manufacturer And Consumers

September 26, 2013 9:42 am | by UL | News | Comments

This year's study, based on respondents in the United States, China, India, Germany and Brazil, highlighted some of the characteristics of a more complex global marketplace. It found that while fundamentals such as quality, safety and innovation remain the most important factors driving behavior for manufacturers and consumers, a number of priorities such as transparency, health impact and outsourcing/country of origin are on the rise.

New $100 Bill Has Ink Well, More Color, 3-D

September 26, 2013 8:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A glitzier, high-tech version of America's $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wallets soon. Despite years of production-related delays, the updated $100 bill has undergone a major makeover that includes a color-changing ink well, 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.

NH Jury Weighing Allegations Of Rat In Lemonade

September 25, 2013 7:45 am | News | Comments

Fifty-year-old Colleen Grady of Manchester sued the Coca-Cola company — which owns Minute Maid products — plus a food distributor and a supermarket. She says she found the rodent after pouring the contents into a pitcher before a party two years ago.   

Tests: New iPhones Less Durable Than iPhone 5

September 23, 2013 8:03 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

Preventing Glass Contamination In Food Processing

September 18, 2013 2:03 pm | by Erin Noonan, Marketing Communications Manager, Shat-R-Shield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In one case, consumers discovered glass shards in their frozen dinners. Another incident involved the discovery of broken glass from a light bulb found in a dough production area, forcing a restaurant chain to close 40 locations until it verified the bread was indeed free of glass.

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