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FDA Agent Says Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 6, 2014 3:56 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal food safety inspector who investigated a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant says the company was "not fit to produce products for human consumption."                 

Report Faults Chevron In Deadly Gas Well Fire

August 6, 2014 3:54 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.                      

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 6, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                  

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China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

While local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked.                    

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 7:47 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of Texas strengthening fire safety codes or enforcing tougher standards on companies with volatile quantities of hazardous chemicals has become murky 16 months after the disaster.              

Software Worth Its Value In Platinum: South African Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer Lonmin are ...

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up about 10 percent of McDonald's Corp.'s revenue.           

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Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                 

Agency Says Confusion Caused Missed Nuke Dump Checks

August 5, 2014 7:35 am | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.               

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

Taiwan Explosions Probe Focuses On Petrochem Firm

August 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gladys Tsai and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.                      

USDA Overhauls 50-Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 11:29 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.             

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Harley Recalls Bikes For Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                           

Gov't: GM Owner Site Was Faulty

August 4, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The government and General Motors are warning vehicle owners that GM's recall Web site may not be listing all the cars that need recall repairs.                   

GM's Faulty-Ignition Fund Taking Victims' Claims

August 4, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

The five-month filing period that began Friday is part of the fallout from General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars beginning in February.                   

Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

Prosecutor: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Results

August 4, 2014 7:58 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said.                     

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash. The company says in a statement Wednesday that ...         

L-3 Fires 4 Workers Over Accounting Misconduct

July 31, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor L-3 Communications said Thursday that it fired four employees after discovering they overstated the company's profit and sales from a contract with the U.S. government. The New York company said ...      

Electric Cars Put To The (Crash) Test

July 31, 2014 3:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Take a look at which vehicles experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                            

11,000 Kawasakis Recalled For Injury Risk

July 31, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs. The recall is for 2012 and 2013 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 vehicles with ...        

Machine Safety Labeling in the 21st Century

July 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems | Blogs | Comments

If your company manufactures machinery that has potential hazards associated with its transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning, and/or disposal, you most likely have a strong need to ...       

Chinese Drywall May Have Destroyed Homes

July 30, 2014 2:29 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for people who say defective Chinese drywall wrecked their homes have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers. It adds a new defendant — the Chinese commission that oversees 117 widespread companies including ...    

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