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September 13, 2022
Ross Thurlow
enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
Farm buildings: an accident waiting to happen?

Forensic investigators are often presented with puzzling cases where the obvious evidence doesn’t naturally point to the cause, and further in-depth analysis is required to determine exactly what went wrong. While carrying out an on-site investigatio…

September 13, 2022 by Ross Thurlow, enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
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August 15, 2022
Jillian Pancott
senior manager, forensic advisory services, Australia
Product recall claim costs: Is there a true standard?

Product recalls impact thousands of companies each year — putting people and brands at risk. The consequences to a company’s reputation, market share and bottom line can be devastating. While the cause behind recalls can vary widely — fro…

August 15, 2022 by Jillian Pancott, senior manager, forensic advisory services, Australia
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May 24, 2022
Chris Frechette
vice president, liability practice
Electric vehicles: understanding potential exposures and mitigating claims

Advances in battery technologies and environmental concerns continue to bolster a growing interest in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). With the proliferation of EVs come new challenges for insurers. Traditional models for underwriting interna…

May 24, 2022 by Chris Frechette, vice president, liability practice
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May 09, 2022
Julie Ross
International business development director
New CMR substance bans create consequences for the cosmetics industry

The European Commission now seems to routinely extend the list of carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic (“CMR”) substances that are prohibited for use in cosmetics throughout the EU. Most of these banned substances are relatively unknown, but a grow…

May 09, 2022 by Julie Ross, International business development director
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April 27, 2022
Jeremy Schutz
Rise in deaths linked to children’s products renews push for safety disclosure law

Following a steady increase in reported deaths caused by faulty children’s products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is under pressure to act more aggressively in pushing companies to recall products that pose a risk to children and tod…

April 27, 2022 by Jeremy Schutz
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April 08, 2022
Mark Buckingham
recall advisor
European Commission to focus on textile industry sustainability in 2022

For years, the European Commission has been working on a plan to create a circular economy for a more sustainable future. The resulting Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), adopted in March 2020, includes several strategic initiatives that would tran…

April 08, 2022 by Mark Buckingham, recall advisor
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April 05, 2022
Amanda Combs
recall consultant
High levels of nitrosamine causing recalls

Over the past few years, several drugmakers have had to recall blood pressure medications due to the presence of excess levels of nitrosamine. It’s happening again. Two major pharmaceutical companies have issued voluntary recalls of several tablet me…

April 05, 2022 by Amanda Combs, recall consultant
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March 24, 2022
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
FDA urges companies to be ‘recall ready’ as it releases finalized guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized a guidance document outlining how companies and stakeholders should become “recall ready” to minimize buyers’ and users’ exposure to potential health risks.The Initiation of Voluntary Rec…

March 24, 2022 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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March 11, 2022
Julie Ross, International business development director and Luke Evans, business development manager
European recalls rose in 2021 despite COVID-19 disruptions

As we enter the third calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic, regulators are adapting to the “new normal.” As reported in our latest edition of the recall index report, product recalls rose by over a quarter (25.5%) across key European industries in …

March 11, 2022 by Julie Ross, International business development director and Luke Evans, business development manager
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January 10, 2022
Mark Buckingham
recall advisor
Are there sparks ahead for electrical OEMs?

As electrical OEMs congratulate themselves on a bumper year for sales, many remain cautious about what 2022 holds in store as new right to repair regulations start to bite. In some respects, 2021 has been a good year for electrical appliance manufa…

January 10, 2022 by Mark Buckingham, recall advisor
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January 03, 2022
Matt Walker
recall advisor
Discovery of benzene in hair care products raises new consumer concerns

Benzene, which has been discovered in several consumer products over the past year, has once again forced a voluntary recall. This time, it’s related to dry shampoo and dry conditioner spray products from various household brands. The recall is prec…

January 03, 2022 by Matt Walker, recall advisor
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December 20, 2021
Luke Evans
business development manager
Auto industry faces fallout from chip crisis

The struggle to source semiconductors is disrupting automotive supply chains, delaying production and deflating car sales. With the current chip shortage expected to last until 2023, automotive manufacturers face a long and challenging road ahead. …

December 20, 2021 by Luke Evans, business development manager
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December 17, 2021
Matt Walker
recall advisor
New threat modeling playbook prepares medical devices for cybersecurity issues

Cybersecurity has become a critical issue for the medical device industry, where a cyber threat can lead to injury or even death. To address this growing problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the MITRE Corporation, and the Medical Device In…

December 17, 2021 by Matt Walker, recall advisor
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December 01, 2021
Matt Walker
Benzene threat detected in spray deodorants

Online pharmacy Valisure is warning that spray deodorants may be toxic to consumers — creating big problems and possible litigation threats to companies that aren’t paying attention. Valisure recently tested and detected unsafe levels of benzen…

December 01, 2021 by Matt Walker
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November 24, 2021
Mark Buckingham
recall advisor
Is all well with our daily vitamins?

European consumers have always had a strong interest in health and wellness. But when it comes to vitamins and minerals, are they getting the treatment they deserve? During COVID-19, European’s use of dietary supplements more than doubled — fr…

November 24, 2021 by Mark Buckingham, recall advisor
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