Product Safety

Koozie Group Debuts New 'Keep It. Give It.' Social Impact and Sustainability Commitment
January 14, 2021 at 9:46 am

Koozie Group, Clearwater, Fla., (previously BIC Graphic North America), has implemented an expanded social impact and sustainability commitment called “Keep It. Give It.” The program is new for the supplier, and aligns with its mission to keep the good going by leaving a positive, lasting impact with the solutions and experiences it delivers...

YETI Recalls 250,000 Rambler Travel Mugs, Some Possibly Sold in Promo
November 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

YETI did not specify if any of the 250,000 mugs included in the recall were sold in promotional products channels. But the company is asking customers to return the Stronghold lid component for a full refund, including any customization or logo fees...

Cloth Face Masks Might Soon Have Certification Labels (and It Could Be a Game Changer)
November 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

To help consumers identify the masks that work best, ASTM International, an organization that develops and implements technical standards, is working to set guidelines for how effective face masks should be and how they should be labeled. Companies like 3M, Honeywell and DuPont have been involved in the process. If it happens, the implications are huge...

CPSC Recalls Aflac Branded Plush Toy for Lead Content After 15 Years of Distribution
September 3, 2020 at 11:07 am

The CPSC announced a recall of a small branded plush duck used by Aflac Insurance, after it was discovered that the buttons on “Doctor Duck’s” lab coat contained levels of lead that exceeded the government’s lead content standards. More than 630,000 plush ducks were given out between January 2005 and July 2020...

FDA Expands Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List to 163, Adds New Criteria
August 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

The FDA has expanded its list of potentially harmful hand sanitizer products, as well as adding a new component that qualifies a product for the list. Previously, the list only included products containing methanol or manufactured in facilities containing methanol, but it now includes the ingredient 1-propanol and some ineffective products...

Dye-Free Future? Australian Scientists Hack Cotton DNA to Grow All Different Colors
August 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Researchers in Australia’s national science agency think they've found a way to tweak the molecular code of cotton so that it grows in all different colors. So far, they’ve created cotton in red, gold, purple and black in petri dishes, and hope to create reproducing plants in the near future. The implications for apparel manufacturing are pretty huge...

Apple Accused of Sourcing Employee Uniforms From Factories Connected to Forced Labor
August 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Apple is facing criticism after shipping records revealed that it sourced apparel from a Chinese company facing U.S. sanctions for using forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The apparel was most likely uniforms for Apple Store employees. The timing is especially poor, as Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told Congress that he would not tolerate…

FDA Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List Tops 135, Adds Another U.S. Manufacturer
August 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

The FDA’s constantly-updating list of potentially harmful hand sanitizers has now risen to more than 135 products. Another U.S.-based manufacturer has now joined the list, too, with Dallas’s Santa Cruz Biotechnology initiating a voluntary recall. Georgia-based SG24 LLC also had to recall its SkinGuard24 All-Day Hand Sanitizer after it was labeled to contain methanol...

FDA List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizers Reaches 114, Includes Ohio Manufacturer
August 5, 2020 at 2:11 pm

The FDA list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers containing or manufactured in facilities containing methanol has reached 114 products. The latest round of additions includes products from several suppliers based in Mexico, as well as Ohio-based Spartan Chemical Co. Inc....