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Plastic Pieces, Penny Turn Up In Penn St Ice Cream

August 14, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Officials are now limiting access to ingredients and increasing surveillance at the production facility while the FDA investigates.

GM Recalls Big Vans To Fix Possible Fuel Leaks

August 14, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

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.

Ford Recalls 140,000 Cars In India, S. Africa

August 14, 2012 2:43 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

111,000 Ford Figo and Classic models might have a faulty rear twist beam, which can compromise brake performance and make the vehicle inoperable.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Floor Mats From ML-Class

August 13, 2012 9:24 am | News | Comments

Mercedes said the mats may not conform to the contours of the car's floor, which could make the gas pedal remain stuck applying power.

GM Recalls More Than 38,000 Impala Police Cars

August 13, 2012 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The lower control arm in the suspension can fracture in 2008 through 2012 models, causing sudden changes in handling that could make the driver lose control.

NTSB: Fan Shaft Failed On 787 During Taxi Test

August 9, 2012 1:22 pm | Boeing | News | Comments

The investigation into the failure of the engine on July 28 is ongoing, but investigators visited a GE plant in Cincinnati to examine more records.

Tuna Packers Reach Settlement In Lacking Tuna Case

August 3, 2012 3:04 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bumble Bee, Tri-Union and StarKist agreed to pay $3.3 million over claims that they packed tuna cans with too much vegetable broth and added flavors.

Report: Mad Cow In California Was Isolated Case

August 3, 2012 2:32 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-month investigation looked into the movements of the infected dairy cow, her offspring and the food eaten by the herd and turned up no complications.

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Insights From The Mars And Dole Recalls

August 3, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the first week of July, we heard about two recalls. Mars Petcare U.S. recently announced a voluntary recall on multiple product lines because small pieces of blue plastic made their way into its Pedigree dog food products during production, creating a choking hazard. Similarly, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced a voluntarily recall of 2,598 cases of bagged salad due to a possible health risk from Listeria Monocytogenes.

Toyota Recalls 760,000 RAV4s

August 1, 2012 5:18 pm | News | Comments

The company says that a corrosion problem with the rear suspension arm could affect 760,000 RAV4s and 18,000 units of the Lexus HS 250h.

N.J. Cheesemaker Sentenced For Buying Tainted Milk

August 1, 2012 2:37 pm | News | Comments

Lebanon Cheese Co. has been fined $200,000 for buying tainted milk destined for a landfill and making ricotta from it.

Ford Suing Dana Over Part Involved In Recalls

August 1, 2012 9:26 am | News | Comments

Ford says Dana's frames were to blame for a 2011 recall of more than 425,000 Windstar minivans for corrosion caused by road salt.

Fake It Until We Make A Change

July 31, 2012 1:53 pm | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Nothing’s worse than being put on prescription after prescription while your physician attempts to find a cure all of your symptoms, right? Wrong. In reality, there is something that is worse than ineffective medicine: drugs that not only don’t work, but also cause serious harm. The current counterfeit drug crisis is nothing short of an epidemic. And, although this epidemic doesn’t seem to be growing, it doesn’t seem to be slowing either.

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Hyundai Recalls Some Santa Fe, Sonata Vehicles

July 30, 2012 9:31 am | News | Comments

Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 130 pounds whose air bags didn't deploy in the event of a crash.

Nokia Loss Widens On Slumping Smartphone Sales

July 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Jari Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Nokia's net loss nearly quadrupled in the second quarter on sagging sales of smartphones, a market in which the company is struggling to regain ground lost to rivals including Apple and Samsung.

Recalls, Quality Push J&J Profit Down

July 17, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter net income fell by half due to lower sales and charges for litigation.

How Cheap Is This Breakfast?

July 11, 2012 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

When pointing to the characteristics (or price) of your products, never assume that these “benefits” are a no brainer. Some plant personnel have told us in recent years that their biggest impediment to spending has to do with their current staff. One operations manager told us he would wait for his personnel to retire because they knew how to fix the current machinery and it wasn’t worth it to re-train them in the ends of their careers.

Chevy Offers Money-Back Guarantee On New Vehicles

July 10, 2012 9:24 am | News | Comments

The brand said buyers can get refunds if they return their 2012 or 2013 vehicles for any reason, an effort to show confidence in their lineup.

Isuzu Recalls SUVs For Rusty Rear Suspensions

July 9, 2012 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Isuzu said the rear suspension link brackets can rust and become detached from the frame in areas where salt is used to clear the roads.

Buona Vita Recalling 324,000 Pounds Of Meat

July 9, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

The southern New Jersey company some of its nationally distributed meat items tested positive for a possible bacterial contamination.

Q&A: Getting On Track With Traceability

July 6, 2012 12:22 pm | by Tom Kozenski, VP Product Strategy, RedPrairie | Articles | Comments

Although the breadth of concern regarding traceability was far-reaching, we found that almost 70 percent of executives surveyed were worried about coordinating recall issues with suppliers and distributors. Additionally, more than half of executives are concerned about their ability to isolate items within their own supply chain or execute a product recall within hours.

No Quick-Fix For China's Troubled Dairy Industry

June 29, 2012 9:48 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

As recently as this week, Bright Dairy and Food Co. announced that one of its factories had accidentally flushed alkaline water into cartons of milk.

Using Behavior-Based Training To Create A Food Safety Culture

June 28, 2012 11:25 am | by Dan Fone, Business Development Director, Global Food Safety Division, NSF International | Articles | Comments

Issues surrounding food handler personal hygiene and cross contamination continue to top the list of food safety risk factors. Current and widely accepted food safety training models are designed to work from a very basic assumption that we are able to devise comprehensive and prescriptive rules for all food safety practices that will be followed at all times. However, we all know from real life experience that this isn’t always the case.

Haynes International Plans Ind., La. Expansions

June 26, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

Haynes CEO Mark Comerford says the $24M investment will add about 20 percent to the Kokomo factory's capacity and create 40 new jobs.

GM Recalls Cruze Cars Over Risk Of Engine Fire

June 22, 2012 12:38 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM says 30 fires have occurred when fluids dripped onto a plastic shield below the engine and ignited, but no injuries have been reported.

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