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July 13, 2021
Mark Buckingham
Recall advisor
Beware of all that glitters – it could be cadmium

Thanks to the ubiquity of ecommerce, consumers can now buy low-cost jewellery from anywhere in the world, but this is raising serious questions about the integrity and safety of the products, particularly the presence of potentially dangerous heavy m…

July 13, 2021 by Mark Buckingham, Recall advisor
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July 09, 2021
Mark Buckingham
Recall advisor
Can new techniques help fight olive oil fraudsters?

Premium pricing and high consumer demand for extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has long made it a target for criminals seeking to profit by passing off inferior or fake products. In fact it is now one of the world’s most adulterated food products with fr…

July 09, 2021 by Mark Buckingham, Recall advisor
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July 07, 2021
Jeremy Schutz
CPSC warns it’s now focusing on AI and ML in consumer products

The brave new world is here. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued its first report on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in consumer products. The report promises added scrutiny of “potential hazards” created b…

July 07, 2021 by Jeremy Schutz
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July 02, 2021
Guest author: Erik K. Swanholt
Spotlight: CPSC takes first step to expand enforcement

Foreword by Jeremy Schutz, senior corporate sales manager at Sedgwick: Welcome to the latest edition of spotlight. Spotlight is our way of sharing insights and perspectives from our strategic partners – lawyers, insurers, risk managers and crisis co…

July 02, 2021 by Guest author: Erik K. Swanholt
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June 04, 2021
Mark Buckingham
The hidden danger in common crops

You can’t see, taste or smell them but aflatoxins can be present in everyday dried staples. And with COVID-19 and global warming impacting crop production and storage, they are on the rise. During the month of April 2021, there were 22 RASFF (Rapid…

June 04, 2021 by Mark Buckingham
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May 14, 2021
Guest author: Carolyn Wagner
Spotlight: New proposed legislation to prevent furniture tip over

Foreword by Jeremy Schutz, senior corporate sales manager at Sedgwick: Welcome to the latest edition of spotlight. This month, Carolyn W. Wagner at Crowell & Moring LLP shares her thoughts and opinions on the STURDY (Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risk…

May 14, 2021 by Guest author: Carolyn Wagner
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May 10, 2021
Ryan Gooley
Federal court suspends Prop 65 lawsuits, more litigation and activism to follow

A federal court in California recently granted a motion for a preliminary injunction suspending lawsuits against companies allegedly violating the state’s Proposition 65 warning requirement for acrylamide. The court is in the midst of deciding if the…

May 10, 2021 by Ryan Gooley
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April 30, 2021
Amanda Combs
recall consultant
Revelations of another carcinogen in hand sanitizers puts more pressure on manufacturers

More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizers are making headlines again. This time there are new revelations about the existence of high levels of the carcinogen benzene in sanitizers widely available to the public. An a…

April 30, 2021 by Amanda Combs, recall consultant
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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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April 16, 2019
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
How emerging technologies can both improve and exacerbate product recalls

Advances in technology tend to be mixed blessings for product recalls. They often introduce new product safety vulnerabilities while, at the same time, may offer new capabilities that improve recall efficacy. The impact of technologies like artifici…

April 16, 2019 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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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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January 15, 2019
Matt Walker
Small recalls can cause big problems: The importance of preparation and accuracy

While recalls vary widely in their scope and impact, the truth is that there really are no small recalls. When it comes to brand reputation and consumer perception, the scale of a recall often doesn’t matter. One negative media report or one simple m…

January 15, 2019 by Matt Walker
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