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Jun
04

Automation Demonstrating its Downside in Product Recalls

ACConventional wisdom suggests that automation and robotics should make products safer by removing the potential for human error adding more precision to production. But some industries are finding that automation is a double-edged sword. The food industry, in particular, has experienced a string of product recalls whose origins can be traced back to automated systems. Take factory farming, for example. Food Quality & Safety Magazine

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Apr
30

Buyer (and Seller) Beware of Recalled Items

Most consumers are aware that it’s illegal for retailers to sell products that have been recalled—the large fines resulting from these violations, often totaling millions of dollars, tend to receive a fair amount of media coverage. After all, intuitively it makes sense that retailers would be responsible for ensuring that their customers don’t go home with potentially dangerous or hazardous products.

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Apr
09

FDA Playing Catch-Up As Growers and Manufacturers Wait to See How CBD Will Be Regulated

In December of 2018, Congress passed the farm bill, which, among other things, broadened the ways in which hemp can be cultivated and transported. While hemp can be used to create a variety of products, the market for cannabidiol, a hemp extract commonly known as CBD, is attracting the most attention by far. CBD is said to promote relaxation without the psychoactive effects of the THC compound found in marijuana, and manufacturers have been adding the compound to everything from beverages to shampoo since the bill passed.

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Apr
02

Regulatory Response Heats Up As More and More Young People Start Using E-Cigarettes and Vaping Products

Thanks in large part to aggressive marketing and appealing flavors, smoking e-cigarettes or vaping has rapidly escalated from a fad to an issue that many experts are considering a public health epidemic—particularly for teens and pre-teens. While e-cigarettes have been available since 2007, new manufacturers, offerings and marketing tactics have brought them into the lives of countless young people. According to the FDA, 21% of high school students have used an e-cigarette in the last year.

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Mar
26

CPSC Working to Save Kids from a Danger Some Parents Aren’t Aware of: Tip-Over Accidents

Most parents know to look out for common dangers in the home that have the potential to injure their child, like household chemicals and cleaners, open windows and staircases. While they might be quick to purchase cabinet door locks and baby gates, parents could be missing a danger lurking in every bedroom of their home—the risk of injury or death from tipping furniture, particularly dressers.

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