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Dec
18

Be prepared: Lithium-ion batteries pose severe recall challenges for medical devices

The reduced size, weight and power consumption of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has been a boon for medical device manufacturers seeking to create more portable and convenient products. But the efficiency gains of Li-ion batteries are tempered by the increased safety risks and regulatory concerns the technology poses. As multitudes of viral videos confirm, products with […]

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Dec
10

10 years later: How the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) salmonella outbreak changed – and didn’t change – food safety in the U.S.

Nearly a decade ago the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) had to shutter operations after corporate malfeasance led to one of the most massive and lethal food-borne contamination cases in U.S. history. A nationwide outbreak of Salmonella-contaminated peanut products killed at least nine people and sickened thousands, ultimately bankrupting the company and leading to numerous […]

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Nov
27

Cyber hack: The overlooked consumer product recall threat

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recall announcement webpage reads like a horror house of hazards threatening the public, including burns, electric shock, drowning, strangulation, and fire. But one threat that may frighten many consumers, and doesn’t necessarily yet rise to the level of a recall, is cybersecurity vulnerability. The CPSC’s Recall Handbook states that […]

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Oct
25

Outbreak Highlights Need for Robust Recall Strategy

Contaminated ground beef continues to cause illnesses, three weeks after it was first recalled. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, such products should be eaten within a couple days if refrigerated, but although the taste may be affected after a few months, it can be frozen indefinitely. That means that, unlike certain products such […]

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Oct
16

Product Recall Management: Expectations vs. Reality

When an issue is reported that may require a product recall, the onus is on manufacturers and producers to investigate and respond accordingly. Companies that have never been through the experience before may go into it with assumptions, while those that have one under their belts often become complacent. Either way, there are several expectations […]

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