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Burger King Drops Supplier Linked To Horsemeat

January 24, 2013 9:02 am | News | Comments

Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier after traces of horse DNA were found in beef burgers sold in Britain and Ireland. The fast food chain said in a statement that it had dropped Silvercrest Foods as a supplier for its U.K. and Ireland restaurants as a "voluntary and precautionary measure."

Q&A: Navigating A Regulatory Minefield For Medical Devices

January 18, 2013 11:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Medical device manufacturing is subject to a complex network of regulations from a handful of different governing bodies such as the FDA and OSHA. If you’re planning to market and sell a new product, you have to coordinate with the equivalent bodies in every country.

Ireland Recalls 10M Burgers Over Horsemeat Fears

January 16, 2013 2:33 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Irish meat processor recalled 10 million burgers Wednesday from supermarkets across Ireland and Britain amid fears that many could contain horsemeat, a discovery that poses no danger to public health but threatens to undermine the beef business central to Ireland's rural economy.


Plant In Peanut Butter Recall Rehiring

January 11, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

The country's largest organic peanut butter processor linked to a national salmonella outbreak has hired back some of its employees. KRQE-TV reports that Sunland Inc. in Portales hired back the employees after getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to allow its processing plant to get back up and running.

Indian Court To Rule On Generic Drug Industry

January 4, 2013 2:41 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.

Audit ‘Utopia’

December 14, 2012 2:17 pm | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Third-party audits can provide great value in measuring the strengths and weaknesses of a facility’s food safety program. Friction can occur between third-party auditor groups and pest management professionals regarding what should be checked and the appropriate measurement levels for the pest management portions of food safety audits.

Ex-BPI Worker Sues Over 'Pink Slime'

December 12, 2012 10:53 pm | by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former worker at a South Dakota beef processor is suing ABC News, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and a food blogger, saying their use of the phrase "pink slime" to describe one of the company's products led to him losing his job. Bruce Smith, 58, is among about 750 people who were laid off at Beef Products Inc. in the wake of what the company called a misinformation campaign.

SPC Software: A Quality Manager’s Dream?

December 11, 2012 2:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

The Carlisle & Finch Co. has a long history of making the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard happy customers, but as quality tolerances tightened, the company decided that it would give up its old processes for quality mangagement and invest in a forward-thinking solution: statistical process control (SPC) software.


Booze, Smokes On Agenda For Quirky Gov't Group

December 8, 2012 10:29 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It is a half-ton hulk of a machine, all brushed aluminum and gasping smoke holes, like a retrofit of equipment used on an Industrial Revolution production line. It can smoke 20 cigarettes at once and conclude which are unsafe because they are counterfeit and which are unsafe merely because they are cigarettes.

Money Saving Ball Screw Repairs

December 6, 2012 10:09 pm | by Mike Fitzpatrick, General Manager, PSI Repair Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to high-precision positioning for rotary-to-linear motion, the ball screw provides unequaled reliability and performance. Ball screws fail for a variety of reasons, such as accidents resulting from electronic malfunctions, poor design (under capacity), too high preload, misalignment, environmental, operator error, poor maintenance, or normal wear and tear over time.

Survey: Quality Professionals’ Salaries Flat For First Time In 25 Years

December 4, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

The average salaries for quality professionals remained steady in 2012, showing no significant change compared to 2011, perhaps in light of lingering effects of the recession, according to Quality Progress magazine’s 26th annual Salary Survey. This is the first year since the recession began in December 2007 — and ended in June 2009 — that quality professionals’ salaries didn’t increase in the United States.

Ranbaxy Halts Generic Lipitor Production

November 30, 2012 1:40 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has halted production of generic cholesterol drug Lipitor while it investigates how tiny glass particles got into dozens of batches of the drug that were recalled in November. The problem-plagued drugmaker has been operating under increased FDA scrutiny since last December because of quality lapses at multiple factories over several years.

Senate Questions Pharmacy Boards After Outbreak

November 19, 2012 5:36 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A Senate committee investigating the deadly outbreak of meningitis wants to know how regulators in all 50 states oversee specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered the illness. Contaminated injections from the New England Compounding Center have been blamed for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 34 people and sickened 490.


Gearing Up For Curiosity

November 15, 2012 9:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Airbus, Boeing | Articles | Comments

Forest City Gear (FCG), currently based in Roscoe, Illinois, was founded in 1955, but was recently tasked with one of its most important missions to date: building the gears for critical mechanical functions in the Mars Curiosity rover.

FDA Seeks New Powers To Police Pharmacies

November 14, 2012 10:22 am | News | Comments

Testimony released ahead of the first congressional hearing on the incident shows that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will ask lawmakers to give her agency more authority and funding to oversee compounding pharmacies.

Three Things To Look For When Purchasing Wire

November 8, 2012 8:50 am | by Samiha Al-Sabbagh, Publicist, Cerro Wire | Articles | Comments

Just as two cars may be of vastly different quality even though both have one steering wheel and four tires, not all wire is exactly the same, even though it appears to be on the outside. Those purchasing building wire should be aware that wire manufactured “on the cheap” may nominally meet the same UL standards, but that does not mean it will perform as well as better quality wire.

Toyota On Top In Latest Consumer Reports Survey

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese brands took seven of the top 10 spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Co.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru and Honda were close behind.

FDA: 5 Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

October 23, 2012 11:31 am | by David Dishneau and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.

Quality Inspection Capture In Your Smartphone

October 15, 2012 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Guardian Business Solutions, Inc. has released its Quality Inspection Capture (QIC) app, which is the first in its smartphone/tablet library of Mobilize-IT Enterprise apps. The Android application (iOS version coming soon) is a combination of native device capabilities and a middleware framework that is designed to handle data synchronization and application management.

Outbreak Spotlights Risks From Custom-Mixed Drugs

October 5, 2012 11:43 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unlike manufactured drugs, these products are not subject to approval by the FDA, and some have turned out to be dangerously contaminated. Compounding pharmacies often obtain drugs from manufacturers and then split them into smaller doses, or mix ingredients sold in bulk. Any of those steps can easily lead to contamination if sterile conditions aren't maintained.

Defective Generic Pill Revives Quality Concerns

October 4, 2012 6:42 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The government's revelation this week that it mistakenly approved a defective generic antidepressant could stoke longtime concerns about the quality of knockoff drugs. The Food and Drug Administration asked Teva Pharmaceuticals to withdraw its drug Budeprion XL 300 after testing showed the drug did not properly release its key ingredient.

Thermo Fisher And METTLER TOLEDO Introduce Streamlined Water Analysis Workflow

October 3, 2012 10:30 am | | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fischer Scientific has joined up with METTLER TOLEDO for a combined Titration/Ion Chromatography (IC) system, which is designed to provide fast and accurate automated water analysis for laboratories testing the quality of water.

Sunland Plant Shut After Peanut Butter Recall

September 26, 2012 11:01 am | News | Comments

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: Is Your Brand At Risk?

September 19, 2012 8:34 am | by Don Hsieh, Director of Commercial and Industrial Marketing, Tyco Integrated Security | Articles | Comments

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.

Restoring Consumer Confidence During A Product Recall

September 14, 2012 10:03 am | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President of Recalls, Stericycle ExpertRECALL | Articles | Comments

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.

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