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December 01, 2020
Amanda Combs
Recall consultant
Here’s what you need to know about fraudulent claims and phony COVID-19 products

From teas and essential oils to drugs, faulty masks, and other medical products, COVID-19 has brought a wave of deceptive marketing and fraud.Early on in the pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)…

December 01, 2020 by Amanda Combs, Recall consultant
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September 17, 2020
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Reputational risk at an all-time high as recalls continue into the third quarter

COVID-19 may have stalled huge sectors of the global economy, but regulatory oversight in the U.S. remains vigilant and may even be picking up its pace as we move through the third quarter. In fact, medical device recalls in the second quarter reach…

September 17, 2020 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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July 17, 2020
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
The FDA resumes its random inspections. Are you prepared?

The FDA recently announced that its inspectors may be knocking on your door as early as July 20 to conduct long-overdue domestic inspections. Once given the green light, inspectors’ first priority will be to conduct “mission-critical” inspections of …

July 17, 2020 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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June 19, 2020
Safe play at home jeopardised during lockdown

Parents across Europe have been buying books, games and toys in volume over the last 10 weeks in a bid to keep children entertained while at home during the pandemic. Just last week (10 June) the BBC reported that retro tennis game Swingball has b…

June 19, 2020
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May 27, 2020
Return to sender, address unknown says Europe

Each week we take a look at the items making it onto the Safety Gate Rapid Alert system for Europe to see what is causing major concern to those in charge of keeping consumers safe. And it is no surprise to see the likes of particle filter face ma…

May 27, 2020
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April 10, 2020
Troublesome toys pose yet another lockdown headache for parents

With more than a fifth of the world’s population now enduring lockdown or severe social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are struggling to juggle home-schooling children with their own disrupted work schedules. Aiming to gain a l…

April 10, 2020
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April 02, 2020
Textiles industry braced for dressing down from EU suits

It never rains but it pours and the disruption afflicting the clothing industry is set to get even worse with news that the EU environmental commission is planning new large-scale regulations. The statement from the EU environmental commissioner Virg…

April 02, 2020
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March 27, 2020
Amanda Combs
Recall consultant
Cosmetic safety legislation threatens to spur more recalls

Cosmetic companies have been a target of consumer activists for years. Organizations like Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have run campaigns that resulted in companies reformulating products or defending themselves publicl…

March 27, 2020 by Amanda Combs, Recall consultant
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February 13, 2020
Coronavirus and Food Safety: The Latest Consumer Fear

Consumers around the world are fearful about the latest novel coronavirus (currently named “2019-nCoV”), which has so far infected tens of thousands of people and killed hundreds more. As with any major viral outbreak, concerns arise over the safety …

February 13, 2020
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January 27, 2020
Guilty as charged – more than half of electrical recalls this year due to faulty device chargers

Earlier this month, journalists and technophiles descended on Las Vegas for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, to check out all the latest gadgets and gizmos. With quirky devices sat alongside creative triumphs, there was something for everyone. …

January 27, 2020
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November 13, 2019
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Product recalls stabilize, but an upsurge is expected

While U.S. product recalls were relatively flat from the second to the third quarter, expect an upsurge in the weeks and months to come as regulators – under growing pressure from Congress and consumer groups – turn their attention to currently unreg…

November 13, 2019 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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August 14, 2019
Steve Jaworowski
Following Fisher-Price and Britax recalls, tensions at CPSC rise

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been in the hot seat lately, criticized for its handling of recent children’s and infant product recalls. The latest chapter in the “failure to act” saga features in-home elevators that are putting children …

August 14, 2019 by Steve Jaworowski
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April 30, 2019
Matt Walker
Buyer (and seller) beware of recalled items

Most consumers are aware that it’s illegal for retailers to sell products that have been recalled—the large fines resulting from these violations, often totaling millions of dollars, tend to receive a fair amount of media coverage. After all, i…

April 30, 2019 by Matt Walker
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April 02, 2019
Ryan Gooley
Regulatory response heats up as more young people start using e-cigarettes and vaping products

Thanks in large part to aggressive marketing and appealing flavors, smoking e-cigarettes or vaping has rapidly escalated from a fad to an issue that many experts are considering a public health epidemic—particularly for teens and pre-teens. Whi…

April 02, 2019 by Ryan Gooley
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March 12, 2019
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Product recall horror stories: Four top causes of sleepless nights

Sleeplessness is a common malady of business leaders whose companies have had to undergo a product recall. When a recall hits home, how well a company prepares for and manages the recall requirements can mean the difference between preserving custome…

March 12, 2019 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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