Officials say Bangladesh will begin inspecting its export-oriented garment factories to assess the building structures and how safe they are from fire and electrical accidents. The Labor Ministry said Thursday that the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology will inspect the factories using standards accepted by the government, factory owners and international buyers.
Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles. The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.
A woman from Hawaii's Big Island is suing two companies who made and sold a dietary supplement that was pulled from shelves as state health officials investigate links to cases of hepatitis and liver failure.Lawyers for Everine Van Houten, 33, of Keaau, said Wednesday that she bought and used OxyELITE Pro, then began experiencing abdominal pain, fatigue and nausea one month later.
The new guidelines stress that NHTSA doesn't give crash-test ratings higher than five stars. The agency says automakers who claim ratings higher than that are misleading the public. Companies that don't follow the guidelines could see "buyer alert" warnings from the government. They could also be kicked out of the ratings program or be referred to other agencies for further, unspecified action.
Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.
A Spanish court has ordered a German pharmaceutical company to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards born with disabilities after their mothers used the drug thalidomide during pregnancy decades ago. Madrid's provincial court Tuesday ordered the Gruenenthal Group in Spain to pay $26,300 for each percentage point of disability of victims recognized by Spain's Health Ministry.
Food safety is seen as the single most important issue among manufacturers, and the demands to document information relating to food sourcing, material flow, traceability and more present an ongoing challenge. These complex demands have a real cost, one very critical to bottom-line profitability as major food retailers take on a larger role in controlling.
The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.
Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.
State health officials have connected a Central Texas compounding pharmacy to a bacterial outbreak that sickened 17 patients in Corpus Christi hospitals earlier this year.Bacteria found in an unopened bag of sterile drugs at a local hospital was "indistinguishable" from that found in the blood of those sickened.
A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department in Denver says two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak are meeting with family members of people who died. Jeffrey Dorschner said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, but it will be private at an undisclosed location.
Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don't have a steering problem that caused a recall in August. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren't included in the August recall.
Massachusetts is close to changing a nearly 200-year-old law that limits to $1,000 the penalty for corporate manslaughter.The House unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would allow for fines of up to $250,000 against companies convicted of criminally negligent behavior that results in death.
Last year, the agency took action against Roche after alleging the Swiss drug maker failed to properly report side effects for the medicines, including the cancer drugs Avastin, Herceptin and Xeloda. British authorities said there were "serious shortcomings" in how Roche AG reported potential problems.
Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Or where exactly the fuel went — how deep and in what form it is, somewhere at the bottom of reactor Units 1, 2 and 3.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the products being recalled include those in the form of an injectable drug or an eye drop. The agency said the recall comes because of concerns about the quality control procedures that could pose a potential risk about the sterility of the products.
A Dutch safety watchdog issued a warning Monday about a potential risk when planes using autopilot and an airport's automated landing system approach a runway at too steep an angle. The Dutch Safety Board said that airport Instrument Landing Systems can give planes flying on autopilot inaccurate information.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriage hit metal road debris. The debris pierced the batteries and caused a thermal reaction and fires. In each case, the car warned the driver of the damage, and both escaped without getting hurt.
Innovation is essential in the food industry, particularly when it comes to technologies that enhance product quality and safety. One new innovation that works to improve food safety is a “viral spray” designed to destroy potentially harmful bacteria on food products.
Congress is taking a half step toward increasing federal oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies that custom mix medications in bulk, a year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds of others.
Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville. Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.
Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others. The Ouray County sheriff's office was called to the Revenue-Virginius mine at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said.
Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.
Federal health officials say that defects in some Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are severe enough that they could cause serious injury or death. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guidewires, which are inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries.
The Garden-Fresh Foods plant in Milwaukee has halted production and reassigned about 100 employees because of product recalls, the company said Saturday.Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August.