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Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 7:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

Listeria Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation

January 16, 2014 12:51 pm | by Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 are asking a federal judge for probation, saying jail time for them is excessive because justice has been served with the federal government's imposition of new food guidelines.

Ford Recalls 27,933 Edge Crossovers

January 16, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 27,933 Edge crossovers in the U.S. because a damper in the fuel line could crack and cause fuel leaks. The recall involves Edges from the 2012 and 2013 model years with 2.0-liter engines. All of the vehicles were produced between September 2010 and April 2013.

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Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 15, 2014 8:51 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

Merck Recalls Combo Cholesterol Drug

January 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker Merck & Co. is recalling a combination cholesterol drug, wiping out the entire U.S. stock, due to packaging defects that could reduce effectiveness. Merck says the recall covers all four dose strengths and every batch distributed since Liptruzet was launched last May.

Calif. Company Recalls 40,000 Lbs. Of Meat

January 14, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

A Northern California company has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products because it was produced without a full federal inspection. The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products.

Tyson Foods Recalls 33K Pounds Of Chicken Product

January 13, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

States Urged To Register Compounding Pharmacies

January 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to state agencies and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as producers of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

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Over 350 In Japan Sickened By Tainted Frozen Food

January 7, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings began recalling 6.4 million packages of various frozen foods on Dec. 29, saying it found some were tainted by high levels of pesticides. The company has received hundreds of thousands of calls about the problem.

Combi USA Recalls More Than 33,000 Child Seats

January 3, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Combi USA is recalling more than 33,000 child car seats made before January 2013 because the harnesses aren't strong enough to meet federal safety standards. The Charlotte, N.C., company is recalling the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360.

Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart had recalled the donkey meat — which it said was considered a popular delicacy in parts of China — after DNA testing by a government agency. The company said Thursday that it withdrew all products from the supplier, Dezhou Fujude Food Company, and that affected customers were offered compensation.

Wal-Mart Recalls Card Table And Chair Sets

January 2, 2014 1:55 pm | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Wal-Mart has received 10 reports of injuries, including one finger amputation, three fingertip amputations, sprained or fractured fingers and one report of a sore back.            

GM To Recall 1.5M Cars In China To Replace Bracket

December 27, 2013 8:28 am | News | Comments

The recall affects 1.2 million Buick Excelles made from 2006 through part of 2012 and 250,000 Chevrolet Sails produced between April 2009 and October 2011 and some made last year. The bracket to be replaced might crack and in extreme cases cause a fuel leak.

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10 Years After Mad Cow, Little Change On Tracking

December 23, 2013 8:37 am | by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

A walking tour of Bill Wavrin's dairy takes few steps. But 10 years ago Monday, it took just one cow to send shock waves through the cattle industry of the United States, home to some 100 million cattle, slam the door on billions of dollars in exports and scare a lot of beef eaters.

Calif. Company Asks For Judgment Vs. Sunland's CEO

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

A California company suing Sunland Inc. for $1 million also is asking for a judgment against one of the top executives of the defunct Portales peanut processor. Albuquerque attorney Nathan Mann says chocolate maker Swain Creations Inc. is accusing Sunland and CEO Jimmie Shearer of fraud, concealment and intentional misrepresentation.

Menards Recalls Christmas Trees Due To Fire Risk

December 17, 2013 7:53 am | News | Comments

The artificial trees were sold for about $300 exclusively at Menards stores between September and November, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The recall is for the Twinkling Pine artificial tree sold under the Enchanted Forest brand. They were made in China and imported by Seasonal Specialties LLC.

Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

Flat-Screen TVs Recalled For Potential Fire Risk

December 13, 2013 10:28 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 8,900 flat-screen TVs are being recalled because a faulty electronic component that can catch fire. Six incidents of the TVs overheating, smoking or catching fire have been reported, the agency says. One incident involved a TV catching fire and scorching a wall.

Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 8:04 am | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions. The U.S. Agriculture Department announced the expanded recall Thursday. There have no reports of illness from the recalled products.    

IKEA Recalls Lamp Following Death Of Child

December 12, 2013 7:46 am | News | Comments

IKEA is recalling millions of children's lamps following the death of a child who choked on the lamp's cord. Another child was injured.The "SMILA" series wall-mounted children's lamps were sold at IKEA from 1999 through May 2013 for $10 to $13.   

Top 13 In 2013, #8: Automakers Suffer From Recall Fever

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Many outside the manufacturing world probably think that in the aftermath of Toyota’s “sudden unintended acceleration” issues beginning in 2009, in which they would end up recalling millions of vehicles, the automotive industry would have implemented better quality standards. Turns out that's not exactly the whole story.

Colo. Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Meat

December 10, 2013 7:52 am | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recalls Monday.    

FDA: Idaho Noted Moldy Yogurt Months Before Recall

December 5, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

A report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Idaho Department of Agriculture spotted moldy yogurt during a routine inspection at a Chobani facility in Twin Falls two months before the company issued a voluntary recall.    

Mo. Processor Recalls 1,450 Pounds Of Meat

December 5, 2013 8:15 am | News | Comments

State agriculture officials say about 1,450 pounds of possibly contaminated beef and pork products have been returned to a southwest Missouri processor. Cloud's Meats Inc. of Carthage voluntarily recalled the meat after routine testing detected E. coli in samples last month.

Ford To Recall Escapes Again For Oil, Fuel Leaks

November 27, 2013 7:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling the Escape small SUV again, this time to fix oil and fuel leaks that could cause engine fires. The hot-selling SUV has been recalled seven times since it was redesigned and went on sale in the spring of 2012.      

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