Product Safety

Apparel Company CEOs Call for Strong Climate Deal
December 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Citing droughts, temperature shifts and other impacts that will make apparel production “more difficult and costly,” the CEOs of seven top global apparel companies have issued a statement calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate-change agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris that will stop the growth…

Feds Bust Counterfeits at California Flea Market
December 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

There is a major warning for shoppers after federal agents have made a bust of high-end counterfeit items in California's South Bay Area. Earlier this month at the De Anza College Flea Market, they seized more than $500,000 in fake merchandise. Purses, jewelry, sports jerseys, hats and shoes are just a sampling of the more…

CPSC Recalls Promotional Beverage Frother
December 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of branded frothers due to ingestion and choking hazards. King Soopers supermarket in Colrado gave out the CocoaVia Brand Frother from Mars Symbioscience, Germantown, Md., as a promotional item in September 2015. The…

370 Workers Faint at Cambodian Garment, Toy Factories
November 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

About 370 workers fainted at Cambodian factories in a two-day span last week, possibly because of pesticide spraying on nearby rice fields, officials said Friday. The workers were employed at seven different factories inside the 7NG Special Economic Zone, 16 miles north of the capital, Phnom Penh, said Chiev Bunrith, spokesman of the government's National…

Expired Fanta Can Found in Coca-Cola Diwali Utsav Gift Bag
November 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

This Diwali, Coca-Cola spread happiness with its Diwali special Utsav gift bag. But, it turns out it is not really spreading smiles with this sweet gesture. On the eve of Diwali, a Hindu celebration of light, the festive Diwali Utsav gift contained some of the Coca-Cola products. One of them was a can of Fanta.…

Georgetown Student-athletes Protest Nike
November 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

A group of Georgetown University student-athletes have voiced their opinions on sweatshop conditions by covering the Nike logos on their sneakers with tape. Georgetown has a partnership with Nike, which means that athletes usually are seen wearing Nike or Jordan branded…

Penn Emblem Company Receives WRAP Certification
November 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Penn Emblem Company, Philadelphia, is applying its mantra of “Do the right thing. Do things right,” by furthering its product safety certification. Penn Emblem Company’s Mexico location received certification from Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). In order to meet WRAP guidelines, companies must “promote safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing.” For more information on Penn…

Can't Wait for Tomorrow
November 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Paul Bellantone and I walked to dinner after the first day of PPAI’s 2015 Product Responsibility Summit and talked about the same thing

Ignite USA LLC Recalls Children's Tumblers
November 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Ignite USA LLC, Atlanta, announced a recall of its Bueno by Contigo Kids' Straw Tumblers due to a risk of ingestion. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), if children chew on the drinking straw, small pieces can break off into their…

Bangladesh Says 80 Percent of Garment Factories Are Safe
November 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Bangladesh government found more than 80 percent of Bangladesh's garment factories supplying global retailers to be safe, the government said on Monday, citing improvements made after a deadly 2013 accident. Syed Ahmed, the inspector general of factories, said a 1,475 garment factories had been assessed as part of a government initiative supported by the…