Product Safety

Report Claims Child Labor Behind Lithium-ion Batteries
January 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Major electronics brands, such as Apple, Samsung and Sony, reportedly are failing to do checks to ensure that they aren't sourcing cobalt mined by child workers. A report from Amnesty International, titled "'This is what we die for': Human rights abuses in the…

Altar'd State Recalls Monogrammed Coffee Mugs
January 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that Altar'd State, Knoxville, Tenn., is recalling its Monogrammed Coffee Mugs due to a fire hazard. The mugs are mislabeled as microwave-safe, but the company received a report that the metallic paint accents on…

Lawsuit Claims EOS Lip Balm Can Damage Skin
January 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

On Jan. 12, a woman in California filed a class action lawsuit against EOS, claiming that its lip balm causes skin to crack, bleed and blister. The lawsuit alleges that many consumers, "potentially in excess of hundreds of thousands, who have purchased and used the product … have experienced devastating adverse reactions to the product,…

A Brand Company Adds Director of Global Sourcing and Compliance
January 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

A Brand Company, Charlotte, N.C., announced that Angie Farmer, former director of compliance for Staples Promotional Products, now will serve as the new director of global sourcing and compliance for A Brand Company. Farmer assumed the role on Jan.…

Alibaba Hires Former Apple Investigator to Fight Counterfeits
December 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. hired an investigator to rid the Chinese e-commerce business of counterfeit goods. According to Bloomberg, the investigator, Matthew Bassiur, previously helped Apple Inc. find fake iPhones and investigate copyright infringement. Bassiur formerly was a vice president for Pfizer Inc. and computer crimes prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. As the…

CPSC Releases Statement on Hoverboard Safety
December 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm

"Back to the Future Part II" predicted that 2015 would be the year that everyone finally rides hoverboards, and, to an extent, it was correct. Hoverboards, meaning the self-balancing, motorized vehicles, have been a popular item this holiday season, and some promotional products companies have used them as…

This Software Startup Is Battling Unsafe Manufacturing
December 22, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Tech entrepreneurs constantly are talking about how they want to change the world, but critics regularly respond that such change is too narrowly focused on speed, connectivity and profit. So when we come across a software startup that has a product can help curtail modern-day slavery, it’s worth highlighting. The company is Segura Systems, a London-based…

Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Children Deaths
December 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Ace Bayou Corp., New Orleans, is carrying out a voluntary recall of approximately 2.2 million bean bag chairs sold from 1995 to 2013. So far, only 790 customers who bought…

Retailers Pay Penalties for Labeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo
December 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed court orders barring four national retailers— Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, Backcountry.com and J.C. Penney—from mislabeling and advertising rayon textiles as "made of bamboo," and required the companies to pay civil penalties totaling $1.3 million. According to a press release from the FTC, Bed Bath & Beyond will pay…

Concubines, Coffee and Change
December 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

"Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique..." (Song of Solomon 6:8-9). This Old Testament verse, interestingly written by one of my very distant relatives (Solomon), beautifully makes a point that modern day language can’t quite convey. Every business must have a unique…