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After W.Va. Chem Spill Comes Water Tasting Contest

February 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just hours away from a West Virginia city plagued for weeks by chemical-tainted, undrinkable tap water, H20 enthusiasts will sip municipal waters like fine wine in search of the world's best. The judges approach their task much like connoisseurs of other liquids, rating the entries on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste.

USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

The USDA issued a short statement Thursday on the ongoing investigation into Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., which voluntarily halted operations this month following a recall of more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products that it processed.

EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

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Whirlpool Adds Fort Smith Contaminant Test Sites

February 21, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is expanding the scope of its testing for toxic chemicals at the site of its former factory in Fort Smith, Ark. The company this week started installing equipment used to test for toxic vapors in the neighborhood north of the shuttered facility.

Delaware Court Affirms Dismissal Of DuPont Suit

February 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the widow of an Argentine national who claimed he was exposed to asbestos at a DuPont textile plant in the South American country.       

Team To Do Assessment At New Mexico Nuclear Site

February 20, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy has appointed a team to investigate the detection of radiation in and near a southeastern New Mexico facility that is the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository in operation.      

BNSF Seeks To Upgrade Tanker Fleet After Accidents

February 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. says it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents. The Texas-based subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. announced the voluntary step Thursday.

Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Scott Bright said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

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Highly Radioactive Water Leaks At Japan Nuke Plant

February 20, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator says it did not reach the Pacific Ocean. The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday that the leak involved partially treated water from early in the crisis, meaning it was more toxic than previous leaks.

Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 8:13 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

Markey said technology exists to make guns inoperable for unauthorized users. He said the bill would make it more difficult for stolen guns to be used in crimes or against police officers and would reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find.

Nestle Recalls Some Of Its Hot Pockets

February 19, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

The food maker said it is recalling an unspecified number of "Philly Steak" and its "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" Hot Pockets in certain sizes. Nestle says the products may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. that was announced last week.

Federal Inspectors Shut Down Calif. Meat Producer

February 19, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Tuesday that it withdrew inspectors and suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, about 30 miles south of Fresno, over the conditions. 

Judge Rules For Company In W. Va. Mesh Lawsuit

February 19, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a manufacturer in a lawsuit brought by a Texas woman who claimed her pelvic pain was caused by implanted surgical mesh. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on Tuesday dismissed Carolyn Lewis' lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon in the middle of a jury trial that began Feb. 10.

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Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.        

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 18, 2014 3:58 pm | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.     

Crews Monitor NM Nuclear Repository For Radiation

February 18, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Officials checking the presence of airborne radiation at an underground site in southeastern New Mexico where the U.S. government seals away low-grade nuclear waste say surface tests have detected no contamination.       

Chevrolet Assessing Pace Car Fire At Daytona

February 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet said Sunday it was assessing the fire in the trunk. The car manufacturer said the Chevrolet SS pace car has an auxiliary electrical kit in the trunk. The kit operates the car's numerous caution lights. Chevy has not linked the electrical kit to the fire.

China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

The major city of Guangzhou in southern China closed its live poultry markets on Saturday for two weeks to halt the spread of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.

Report: Engines Failed On Helicopter That Hit Pub

February 14, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in an interim report that the right engine on the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 helicopter "flamed out and shortly after the left engine flamed out."

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.          

U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006. The cars have 5.7-liter or 6.1-liter V8 engines.

U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Sluggish Economy; U.S. Drone Makers Get Shut Out

February 14, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Chinese villagers attacking a factory to the Volkswagen incentives being threatened by the UAW. Also, a judge allows a lawsuit over cancer in children against Whirlpool, and a slowdown in China will be felt around the world.

Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 2:53 pm | News | Comments

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 8:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

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