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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.

Minn. Company Recalls Cantaloupe Packages

September 14, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

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.

U.S. Reports Incidents Of Tainted Ricotta Cheese

September 13, 2012 12:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


FDA Warns Iowa Egg Farm Over Salmonella

September 10, 2012 9:45 am | by Ryan J. Foley. Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Judge Refuses To Toss Chinese Drywall Claims

September 7, 2012 10:45 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ford Recalls New Escapes To Fix Coolant Leaks

September 5, 2012 1:53 pm | News | Comments

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.

Routine Problems, Routine Explanations

September 4, 2012 10:06 am | by the QA Pharm | Blogs | Comments

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.

Motorcycle Helmets Recalled, May Not Protect Rider

August 31, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


To Scrap Or Not To Scrap

August 31, 2012 9:44 am | by Jason Howton, Director, U.S. Product Management, Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

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.

From Feed To Food (Part II)

August 30, 2012 2:21 pm | by Roger DeGood and Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

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.

FDA Warns Of Drugs In Reumofan Dietary Supplements

August 21, 2012 4:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Smart Tags Ensure More Quality, Less Waste

August 21, 2012 2:26 pm | by Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm | Articles | Comments

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.

Fisker Recalling Karma Sedans To Fix Fans

August 20, 2012 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

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.

GM, Isuzu Recall 258,000 Suvs To Fix Power Windows

August 18, 2012 11:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

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.

Feds Checking Nissan Versa Air Bag Problem

August 17, 2012 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year for a pinched cable that will keep the air bag from inflating.

Quality & Safety Systems: Focusing On Prevention

August 15, 2012 1:18 pm | by Nikki Willett, Vice President of Product Marketing & Regulatory Affairs, Pilgrim Software Inc. | Blogs | Comments

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?

Thousands Of China-Made Cars Recalled In Australia

August 15, 2012 10:09 am | News | Comments

The cars made by Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile were found to harbor asbestos inside engine and exhaust gaskets.

User Friendly, My Foot!

August 15, 2012 9:47 am | by Ray Enger, USON Director of Engineering | Blogs | Comments

When was the last time you bought equipment or instruments that weren’t touted as user-friendly? "Not in memory" would be my answer.

Popular Infant Floor Seat Recalled Over Fractures

August 15, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

The CPSC says about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats can be hazardous because babies can wiggle out and fall.

Canon Recalls Cameras Due To Risk Of Skin Rash

August 14, 2012 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says a chemical in the rubber grips on about 68,200 EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras can cause skin irritation.

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