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February 19, 2021
Chris Harvey, Amanda Combs and Jeremy Schutz
The future of AI regulation in the consumer products industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, AI in the manufacturing market is expected to reach $15.27 billion. The consumer product industry is one of many considering the use of these technolog…

February 19, 2021 by Chris Harvey, Amanda Combs and Jeremy Schutz
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February 05, 2021
Matt Gigg
Online purchases of toys and children’s items with serious risk are recalled

It is normal for us to see recalls of children’s items and playthings rise in January as countries catch up on the swell of hazardous products which flooded their markets over the festive season. Last week, there were 11 notifications in this catego…

February 05, 2021 by Matt Gigg
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February 04, 2021
Chris Harvey
Important lessons from a recall of “high-quality” pet food

A U.S. pet food manufacturer that voluntarily recalled one of its products because of potentially dangerous mold contamination is now being sued for deceptively marketing the pet food as “high quality” and “nutritious” despite its contamination. Mi…

February 04, 2021 by Chris Harvey
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January 29, 2021
UK slow to report on product recalls in Europe

Last week [Week 3], there were 38 recall notifications placed in Europe, and 37% (14) of those were for motor vehicles. All but two of the vehicles are being recalled from end users. Germany submitted the most alerts (10), however five of those rela…

January 29, 2021
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January 26, 2021
Jeremy Schutz
Internet sales heighten the dangers posed by lithium-ion batteries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers “not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells” that are typically manufactured as part of larger battery packs and are unintended for individual sale. The batteries are…

January 26, 2021 by Jeremy Schutz
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January 22, 2021
Wayne Mitchell
Automakers must take heed of NHTSA’s new battery safety initiative

With more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, people are beginning to wonder whether the technology is safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is concerned, too. This month, NHTSA announced it will be zeroing in on the ris…

January 22, 2021 by Wayne Mitchell
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January 15, 2021
Wayne Mitchell
Safety advocates demand better recall effectiveness; NHTSA under fire

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1970 primarily to reduce deaths and injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. But safety advocates now accuse the agency of being “asleep at the wheel.” A recent arti…

January 15, 2021 by Wayne Mitchell
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January 15, 2021
Trade agreements and consumer behaviour are shaping the future of automotive recalls

Brexit negotiations were firmly in the headlines in late December, with European leaders working to reach agreements on the movement of goods throughout the continent from the beginning of this month.On 24 December, the European Automobile Manufactur…

January 15, 2021
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December 31, 2020
Global perspective on pharma and medical device recalls during the COVID-19 crisis

The global response to the coronavirus crisis put a bright spotlight on the complexity of global supply chains. But not only in the traditional, “behind-the-scenes” way we think about companies sourcing inputs, component parts and ingredients. It als…

December 31, 2020
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December 24, 2020
Jeremy Schutz
Recalls likely to skyrocket as CPSC shuts down port inspections across the US

Just in time for the holiday season, USA Today reveals the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pulled inspectors from ports around the country in mid-March due to COVID-19. The shutdown continued to September, meaning inspectors were not at the…

December 24, 2020 by Jeremy Schutz
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December 23, 2020
UK announcement sends shockwaves across European supply chain

Recalls of consumer products reached a total of 73 by 21 December against only one professional product this month according to RAPEX, the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products.Among the items were chemical products (4), childcare i…

December 23, 2020
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December 22, 2020
Ryan Gooley
Everything you need to know about the FDA’s proposed food traceability rule

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to establish traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. The proposal applies to those who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods designated for inclusion on the Fo…

December 22, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
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December 22, 2020
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas recalls

As consumer demand for children’s toys grows at Christmas so too does the volume of recalls. As expected, the recall table is packed with children’s items that have been deemed unfit for purpose by countries across Europe.Of the 36 alerts and notific…

December 22, 2020
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December 17, 2020
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Here’s why recall and liability claim trends are on the rise

As we head into a new year, we’ve spotted a new trend impacting companies across all industries: product recalls are becoming more frequent, complex, and expensive. Based on our experience and analysis of the data, advanced technology, more effici…

December 17, 2020 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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December 17, 2020
Car giant puts pedal to the metal on issuing recalls

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and many people will be looking to bid 2020 goodbye and ring in the bells on a much-anticipated new year.For the recall market, however, there is no holiday. In the past week, one of the world’s largest…

December 17, 2020
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