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NHTSA Probes Engine Stalling In Chrysler 200

June 22, 2012 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The agency has received 15 complaints that the 3.6-liter V-6 engines stall without warning while coasting to a stop.

Three Things To Look For When Purchasing Wire

June 21, 2012 2:18 pm | by 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.

Lexus Tops Auto Quality Study

June 20, 2012 1:44 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Toyota luxury brand was tops in the J.D. Power and Associates study of quality in 2012 models.


Suit Says Hebrew National's Products Not Kosher

June 20, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. says a lawsuit that claims its Hebrew National products aren't really kosher is without merit.

UK: No Health Risk From Faulty Breast Implant

June 18, 2012 7:57 am | by Meera Selva, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top British medical expert says faulty French-made breast implants do not pose any long-term health problems to women.

Using New Media, Chinese Try Out Food Activism

June 15, 2012 9:34 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Websites like the food scandal database 'Throw It Out the Window' underscore the deep anger in China over the country's persistent food safety problem.

Air Force Cites Progress On F-22 Oxygen Mystery

June 15, 2012 9:22 am | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

"We're not ready to declare victory yet," said Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, but he claims to be quickly ruling out reasons why pilots' breathing becomes restricted.

Genetically Modified Foods May Get Labeled In Calif.

June 13, 2012 8:27 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes.


Unilever Recalls Ben & Jerry's Over Allergen Label

June 12, 2012 11:46 am | News | Comments

The chocolate nougat crunch ice cream is missing an allergen advisory statement that warns those with nut allergies that it may be unsafe.

NHTSA Receives Complaints On Honda Pilot, Toyota RAV4

June 8, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

NHTSA has been asked to open up an investigation, with one consumer saying that his steering system failed and the vehicle's brakes applied involuntarily.

Ford Lovers, Unite: Big Classic Car Auction In NH

June 8, 2012 9:29 am | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michael Dingman has spent much of his life collecting vintage Fords and restoring them, and now some of them are worth nearly $300,000.

U.S. Man Sues Boeing, Others For Nigerian Plane Crash

June 8, 2012 9:09 am | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press | Boeing, Pratt & Whitney | News | Comments

A man whose wife died in the recent crash is blaming the companies that designed and built the aircraft, including Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.

UK Officials Seize Fake Olympic Goods

June 8, 2012 8:54 am | News | Comments

Britain's Border Force says it has seized thousands of fake Olympic goods at ports and airports across the U.K. ahead of the London Games.


Judge: FDA Should Act On Animal Antibiotics

June 6, 2012 8:25 am | by Larry Neumeiser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal judge has ordered the FDA to evaluate the safety risks to human health associated with the widespread use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.

Lab: Iowa Egg Company Warned Of Salmonella Outbreak

June 4, 2012 1:51 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury is looking into whether Wright County Egg executives misled the public despite knowledge they were tainted, leading to 62,000 illnesses.

Judge Gives Preliminary OK To Herbicide Settlement

May 31, 2012 2:20 pm | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The $100M agreement could help reimburse nearly 2,000 community water systems that had to filter their water of Syngenta's agricultural herbicides.

J&J Gets FDA Warning About Handling Of Complaints

May 31, 2012 9:18 am | News | Comments

The FDA says a J&J unit received 227 complaints about various products and most often closed them without a thorough investigation.

Lawsuits Slam 'Natural' Claims From OJ To Chips

May 31, 2012 9:10 am | by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of new lawsuits nationwide claim Tropicana's juice is so heavily processed it shouldn't be called "natural" by FDA standards.

FDA Warns About Counterfeit Adderall

May 30, 2012 8:55 am | News | Comments

Agency is warning consumers that a counterfeit version of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug is being sold over the Internet.

US Hail Storm Pounds New Ford Escape Models

May 29, 2012 9:26 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The storm struck Louisville, Ky., and damaged about 3,500 of the newly-redesigned Escapes, just as Ford's sales are going up.

Senate Bill Aims To Increase Drug Import Safety

May 25, 2012 9:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. regulators would inspect more drug manufacturing facilities in China, India and other foreign countries in order to ensure quality.

Closed-Loop Quality Management Minimizes The Cost Of Quality

May 25, 2012 9:19 am | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems | Articles | Comments

The manufacturer that can minimize CoQ, while producing products the fastest, is the one that will win in today’s market.

The Delicate Balance Of Checks And Balances

May 23, 2012 10:50 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

As we assess our businesses and our processes, looking for ways to streamline and save time, we look for those elements that add value to our products and services. As much as we come to depend on quality checks and authority approvals, they don’t actually improve or otherwise add value to our outputs. As a result, it becomes standard practice, particularly when exercising improvement programs such as Lean to eliminate checks and approvals.

Implementing Successful Quality Management

May 23, 2012 10:19 am | by Gina Butler and Donald Dobert, ATL | Articles | Comments

There is an old saying in quality management: "If it's not written down, the event never took place." A successful QMS consists of written and controlled procedures.

Q&A: Consistency Is Key

May 16, 2012 1:51 pm | by Interview By Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

A food product’s recipe must continually be accurate and repeatable, not only to maintain high quality, but also to ensure safety.

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