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Aug
14

Following Fisher-Price and Britax Recalls, Tensions at CPSC Rise

By Steve Jaworowski Tags: consumer product safety, CPSC,

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been in the hot seat lately, criticized for its handling of recent children’s and infant product recalls. The latest chapter in the “failure to act” saga features in-home elevators that are putting children at risk. While it appears the agency is trying to regain control of the story by issuing a safety warning in recent days, it may be too little too late.

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Jul
10

When Recalls are about More than Consumers: Managing Up and Down the Supply Chain

When there’s a recall, consumers think of the name on the package. Often that brand is the single company believed to be responsible, and that company is the one whose reputation is diminished. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the food industry, where one ingredient from a supplier that consumers have never heard of can spark recalls across big brands and private labels.

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Jul
02

Senators Pushing for a More Aggressive CPSC

The biggest news coming out of the Consumer Product Safety Commission lately is Acting Chairwoman Ann Marie Buerkle’s decision to step down from her post when her term ends in October. Members of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection seized on that announcement to grill Buerkle and her fellow commissioners about alleged lax CPSC regulation during a recent oversight hearing.

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Jun
25

Closer FDA CBD Product Regulation – and Recalls – Appear Inevitable

We’ve seen sweeping regulatory changes before, but the FDA’s anticipated regulation of cannabis and CBD-infused products – a market expected to reach more than $20B globally by 2024 – promises to pose significant and unprecedented challenges to food and cosmetics manufacturers already using cannabidiol as an ingredient.

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Jun
11

Recalls in the Era of Fake News

Fake product recalls – unlike other claims of so-called “fake news” – are exceedingly rare. But they are not without precedence. Just last year, a car dealership in Washington, D.C., was heavily fined by the Federal Trade Commission for sending fake recall warnings to car owners in the hopes of drumming up more business for the dealership’s repair shop. The dealership sent out bright red mailers that mimicked official recall notices from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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