Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.
The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.
Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.
Rupture discs are an often overlooked, but crucial element to any chemical processing facility. Personnel changes or the rapid growth of a plant can result in discs operating at less than capacity. Frequent replacement can be costly and discs that are no longer suitable for their applications pose both physical and financial risks for plant personnel and the company.
With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls for food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.
On the plant floor, workers often find ways to get something done faster or more efficiently, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, unfortunately this can be exceptionally dangerous.
Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a national standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamline compliance efforts. Fortunately for manufacturers, there are many technologies designed to make compliance simple and efficient.
Food products have become increasingly globalized commodities, but along with greater demand comes the necessity for greater awareness of food safety concerns, as well as accurate food labeling compliance. As food manufacturers capitalize on expanding opportunities to source both locally and globally, they must be proactive in navigating the complex laws of different goverments in order to minimize potential risks.
In the wake of California's Green Chemistry Law, and the associated regulations that will become public later this year, Chem.Info spoke with Michael Kirschner about what the forthcoming regulations will mean for manufacturers and what they can be doing to prepare now.
Recent reports show that many facilities are still confused about the updated Hazard Communication Standard and what they must do to comply. Click here for an overview of these upcoming requirements and tips for what facilities should do to prepare for a seamless transition.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently organized an international workshop centered on Internet of Things (IoT) standards at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has developed guidance on how to avoid and treat eye on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.
Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated.