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New Nutrition Labels Could Cost Companies $2B

February 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes being proposed by the Obama administration. Serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic.   

Va. Governor Signs Repeal Of Hybrid Vehicle Tax

February 26, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added his signature to legislation to repeal the state's $64 annual fee on hybrid vehicles. He said the repeal is effective July 1 and will affect the 75,000 hybrid vehicles in Virginia.         

Republicans Blast FDA Monitoring Of Whistleblowers

February 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.        

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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules. The recalled beef was sold at Walmart and other national chains and used in products, including Hot Pockets.          

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

While new FDA standards improve public safety and health, they also present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans, and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.         

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.      

Colorado, Utah Move To Hike Smoking Age To 21

February 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by Kristen Wyatt and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.        

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USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.                

Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

Porsche Tells 911 GT3 Owners To Stop Driving Them

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership for inspection.       

N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.              

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Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.            

Federal Inspectors Shut Down Calif. Meat Producer

February 19, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Tuesday that it withdrew inspectors and suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, about 30 miles south of Fresno, over the conditions.  

Obama Orders New Fuel Standards For Trucks

February 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is ordering a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016. He is highlighting improvements already undertaken by companies such as Safeway to cut back on gasoline costs for their fleet of trucks.

California Bill Seeks Warnings On Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2014 9:52 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

Report: Majority Of Americans Want More Food Safety Oversight

February 12, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

Food recall announcements have become something of a news cycle staple in the past few years. From spinach and peanut butter to chicken and pet foods, there seems to be little left in the U.S. food supply that should not be viewed with at least a modicum of suspicion.

Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

FDA Reconsiders Heart Safety Of Common Pain Pills

February 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The key question is whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Bayer's Aleve and many other generic pain pills — carries a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil by Pfizer and Motrin by Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

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