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Tell CPSC What You Think

One of the very positive hallmarks of the new leadership at the CPSC is a desire to hear from all interested stakeholders on how to more effectively push forward the agency’s safety mission. The agency has offered several opportunities for input, a… Read More
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Saying It’s a Recall Doesn’t Make It So

With the CPSC’s blessing, a large furniture company recently sent out wall anchors for its children’s dressers to address a tipping hazard and the accompanying CPSC press release did not refer to the activity as a recall. Subsequently a child was… Read More
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Killer Coffee Mugs?! Really?!

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Did anyone else notice CPSC’s recent recall of ceramic mugs?  The agency is concerned about 4400 mugs with hairline cracks.  The hazard is not that they could break and cut the user, or that there could be… Read More
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The Public Isn’t Buying What the CPSC Is Selling

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may want to help people sleep better at night, but their actions are more likely to keep people up or give them nightmares.  This past week the CPSC re-annou… Read More
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Dr. Doom: Do You Take Time to Review Records?

Yes, it is recognized that as part of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) verification, a responsible plant person is “reviewing records generated” as part of the HACCP program.  In addition, the plant has someone that conducts pre-sh… Read More
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Salmonella in Raw Products – Can FSIS Request a Recall?

I am often asked whether or not the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can request a recall for meat or poultry products merely because the products test positive for Salmonella.  The answer to that question today is no.  However, there are… Read More
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CPSC Enforcement Action Against Michaels Highlights Importance of Proper Reporting

By Elliot Belilos The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently filed an action in federal court against Michaels Stores, Inc., seeking civil penalties for allegedly untimely reporting injuries from a vase sold in the stores and, notab… Read More
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FSIS Poised to Take Action in Response to Increase of Recalls Due to Undeclared Allergens and the Failure to Present Imported Products for Re-inspection

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently posted on its website a Summary of Recall Cases in Calendar Year 2014.  Comparing this summary with the summaries from 2013 and 2012, a few things immediately stand out.  On a positive side, me… Read More
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Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Food Products as Consumer Products - Additional U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Considerations

A Webinar Presented by OFW Law and Davis, LLP November 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST During this webinar, attendees will learn about additional regulatory requirements placed on medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and food products as consumer products in th… Read More
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Steps to Prevent Allergen Recalls, Part Two – Another Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

In Part One, we discussed using transparencies on the receiving dock as an easy way for personnel to quickly ascertain whether or not the incoming ingredient (at least its ingredient statement) was the same as your specification.  See our earlier bl… Read More
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