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Jan
16

Will a New Law Drive Product-Safety Risks out of the Shadows?

An era marked by secrecy between the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the companies it regulates may be nearing an end. At least if U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and the consumer groups supporting his recent bill have anything to do with it. Rep. Rush recently introduced the SHARE Information Act which would allow the CPSC to release safety-related information without the threat of being sued by the product’s manufacturer. But it doesn’t stop there.

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Nov
13

Product Recalls Stabilize, But an Upsurge is Expected

While U.S. product recalls were relatively flat from the second to third quarter, expect an upsurge in the weeks and months to come as regulators – under growing pressure from Congress and consumer groups – turn their attention to currently unregulated categories.  Part of that pressure on regulators is a result of past handling of product safety issues.

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Oct
30

Infant Bedding in Consumer Reports Crosshairs, CPSC Scrutiny to Follow

For parents, especially first-time moms and dads, learning the do’s and don’ts of raising a child is like drinking from a firehose. But parents aren’t the only ones facing information overload when it comes to all the products on the market and the growing body of research related to infant and child safety. Regulators feel it too.

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Oct
09

FDA’s Recall Planning Guidance Offers Little New Insight

FDA started issuing draft industry guidance related to Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) in January 2018, but the 16 chapters are still a work in progress. Most recently, the FDA alerted the industry in the federal register that Chapter 14: Recall Plan is now available. The PCHF guidance specifies that companies and organizations “must establish a written recall plan for food that requires a preventive control (21 CFR 117.139(a)).

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Sep
11

When it Comes to Your Supply Chain, Who is Your Weakest Link?

Perhaps the most recognizable supply chain challenge linked to a product recall is the Takata airbag recall, which has so far impacted 19 automakers and 37 million vehicles over the course of several years. Because of the growing global length and complexity of supply chains, most product recalls today bring added layers of liability and reputational risk for several companies. We discussed

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