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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.

5 Quick Questions: More Powerful Than ISO 14000 For Plant Floor Management

September 12, 2013 9:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Boeing | Articles | Comments

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. company in the manufacturing sector can attain. We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs.

Quality, Process Improvement & Uncomfortable Truths

September 11, 2013 11:34 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Engineers speak a different language. My fellow engineers will label me “traitor” for confessing it, but it’s true. Of course, the language-of-engineers uses the same regional language as everyone else, but the words themselves have specific meaning to engineers that are different than everyone else’s.

Toyota Recalls 369,000 Vehicles Worldwide

September 4, 2013 7:36 am | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall.    

China Announces Recall Of 408,000 Honda SUVs

August 28, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's Chinese unit is recalling 408,000 sport utility vehicles to repair a defective shock absorber rod in a new setback in China for Japanese automakers. Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co. will recall Siwei CR-V vehicles made between March 2, 2010 and Aug. 30, 2012, the Chinese government's product quality agency said Wednesday.

Ford Showcases New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 22, 2013 12:33 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

IKEA Recalls Children's Beds

August 15, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

Swedish furniture chain IKEA is recalling two models of children's beds for repair, citing complaints over a metal rod that can break and potentially cause harm. IKEA said Thursday it is recalling batches of KRITTER beds stamped with manufacturing dates 1114-1322 and SNIGLAR beds labeled 1114-1318.

Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

August 9, 2013 3:37 pm | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.

Quality Helps Americans Keep Old Cars Longer

August 6, 2013 7:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm. That's up from 11.2 years in 2012, and nearly two full years older than in 2007, before the start of the Great Recession, Polk said Tuesday.

Survey Reveals Plastics Manufacturing Customers' Top Priorities

August 1, 2013 11:25 am | by Andrew Hoehn, Ray Products | Articles | Comments

"When we got the results back, we weren't surprised to see these attributes at the top of the list," said Brian Ray, president of Ray Products. "Lots of things have changed in our industry since my grandfather founded our company in 1949. But I'll bet that if he had given his customers the same survey back then, those same three attributes would be at the top of the list."

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