A peanut processing plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to peanut butter made at the facility. The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the plant's equipment.
Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is estimated to cost the global food and consumer products industry $10-15 billion a year, with the cost of one adulteration incident averaging between 2-15 percent of yearly revenues. Clearly, with such a significant economic impact, EMA deserves attention.
Product recalls can prove to be costly and detrimental to a company’s reputation and brand. Fortunately, a recent study conducted by the American Marketing Association (AMA) found that the majority of American consumers are quick to forgive a firm that effectively responds to and manages a recall event. But that patience can be limited.
Cut Fruit Express Inc. of Inver Grove Heights says the packages contain cantaloupe which has been recalled by supplier DFI Marketing Inc., due to potential salmonella contamination. The packages were distributed through Sept. 5 and sold in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forever Cheese issued a recall of one lot — 800 wheels of ricotta salata, or roughly 4,800 pounds (2,177 kilograms) — on Monday.
A company that promised to clean up Iowa's egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection discovered the bacteria in two of its barns and that it took steps to protect consumers.
Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. argued that U.S. courts don't have jurisdiction over claims against the Chinese company, but U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon rejected that argument Tuesday. Fallon also refused to vacate a $2.6 million default judgment he entered against the company after it initially refused to respond to the suits.
The recall affects 7,600 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Plugs that fill holes in the engine may not have been put in properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause the engines to overheat. A Ford spokeswoman says one leak caused a fire at a dealer when coolant spilled onto hot engine parts.
One clever approach to handling a particular recurring deviation was to have a pre-printed form. The investigation was already written with the exception of the slight nuances, which were accommodated by blanks. This "Mad Lib" approach was completed in a matter of minutes, and a quality assurance (QA) approval was handily secured.
The Chinese-made helmets failed low-temperature impact tests, and the straps also failed tests, according to documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The helmets also don't have the required labels saying the month and year they were manufactured.
Let’s look at ways these companies are turning part nonconformance into a strategic advantage through supplier collaboration and communication, effective workflow for short-term corrective actions, cause analysis, tracking, auditing and supplier relationship management (SRM) integration.
Dry pet food manufacturing bears a lot of similarities to dry cereal manufacturing. Both facility types are notoriously negatively pressured when it comes to air flow. With all the cooking, drying, cooling, toasting and so on, it is easy to see why it is so difficult to maintain ideal positive building pressure to keep the bad things out.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Reumofan dietary supplements, after receiving reports of bleeding, stroke and death among people taking the pills. Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium are marketed as natural remedies for arthritis and muscle pain, but the FDA says the products actually contain several prescription drugs.
As the food industry faces stiff competition and ever-shrinking margins, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are looking for ways to maximize efficiencies, minimize costs and avoid waste. And with increased government regulation, it is clear that the industry must closely monitor and ensure high quality of supply chain conditions for food.
Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling about 2,400 Karma sports sedans to fix cooling fans that can catch fire. The recall comes after Fisker and a private fire investigation firm finished probing an Aug. 10 fire in a Karma in Woodside, Calif. The company said the probe found that the blaze started in front of the Karma's left front wheel where a cooling fan is located.
General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.
The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year for a pinched cable that will keep the air bag from inflating.
After a long wait, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act with a focus on prevention and traceability. How does that change today's business?
The cars made by Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile were found to harbor asbestos inside engine and exhaust gaskets.
When was the last time you bought equipment or instruments that weren’t touted as user-friendly? "Not in memory" would be my answer.
The CPSC says about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats can be hazardous because babies can wiggle out and fall.
The company says a chemical in the rubber grips on about 68,200 EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras can cause skin irritation.
Officials are now limiting access to ingredients and increasing surveillance at the production facility while the FDA investigates.
10,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vans from the 2003 and 2004 model years have fuel filler pipes that can rust, leak and cause fires.