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Chevron Fined $278,000 Over Richmond Plant

September 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.                                       

Court Ruling Could Cost BP Added $18B

September 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

BP shares slumped 5 percent after a judge ruled that the oil giant's reckless conduct led to the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a decision that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion.           

Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

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Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr. | Articles | Comments

Though some aspects of the case against Buckyballs are unique, there are several lessons for manufacturers based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's approach to its enforcement action against Buckyballs.           

Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved.                

Survey: Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Based on a survey, foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.                   

Chicken Cutlets Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                                      

CBS Being Sued Over Farting Hippo Puppet

August 28, 2014 2:43 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A stuffed toy company is suing CBS over a farting hippo puppet used in the crime drama 'NCIS.'                                             

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Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation | Articles | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency says it has not yet cleared the firm of violations.            

California Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.  

Spiders Force Suzuki to Recall Midsize Cars

August 27, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spiders and their tangled webs have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars.                                             

Toyota Camry Brake Investigation Comes to a Close

August 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                    

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Feds Seek Comments on 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.            

U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                    

Regulation Uncertainty Kills a Product Line

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet.                                

Nestle Pushes for Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 9:34 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal-to-gas plants are part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities.         

Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K for Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.                                  

Senator Calls for Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | News | Comments

The senator is challenging the so-called Third Party Doctrine. It holds that citizens' information in the hands of third parties, like phone companies, becomes business records and is not subject to the same rigorous search-warrant process as other personal effects.

China: Mercedes Guilty of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.               

FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                           

Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 11, 2014 11:01 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.      

Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

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