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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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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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Apr
16

How Emerging Technologies Can Both Improve and Exacerbate Product Recalls

Advances in technology tend to be mixed blessings for product recalls. They often introduce new product safety vulnerabilities while, at the same time, may offer new capabilities that improve recall efficacy. The impact of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, big data, and others on product recalls are slowly unfolding, but emerging patterns give us some sense about how these technologies might affect product safety and recall management in the future.

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