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Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

July 23, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year.                  

Officials Investigate Fire At Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 10:30 am | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                 

Inspection Finds Issues At GSK Vaccine Plant

July 23, 2014 10:10 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recent Health Canada inspection of the country's only flu vaccine production plant identified 10 issues that need to be addressed, a report from the regulatory agency reveals.               

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Chrysler Recalls Over 792K Jeeps For Ignition Switch Defect

July 23, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The automaker, now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, said it knows of no related injuries and only one accident, but it said owners should keep clearance between their knees and keys until repairs are made.         

Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse

July 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.                 

Miner Asks Congress For Help On Black Lung

July 23, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.                     

British Experts To Analyze Black Boxes From MH17

July 22, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Britain's prime minister says black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators.                        

California Firm Recalls Fruit

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.              

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.                 

Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling could hinder the FDA's ability to defend any future regulation of the minty smokes.             

Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9M Bonus After Fire

July 21, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.                

GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.            

RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 8:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                       

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                

FDA Warns Against Caffeine Powder After Death

July 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Ann Sanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.                     

Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 7:54 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the U.S. — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.                      

FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.         

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 7:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

Blast Reported At Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                    

Kia Recalls Nearly 52K Vehicles

July 18, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul small SUVs to fix a problem that can cause steering failure.                           

Edible Marijuana Products Recalled In Colorado

July 18, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

The products were recalled because of the "possible contamination from unsanitary equipment" and "use of equipment not intended for food manufacturing," according to the department's Public Health Inspections Division.             

Feds Offer Advice After Deadly 2010 Blast

July 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.             

GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.                      

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