Product Safety

Los Angeles Apparel Remains Shut Down After 300 COVID-19 Cases and 4 Deaths
July 13, 2020 at 11:43 am

Los Angeles County health officials have ordered Los Angeles Apparel to remain shut down after more than 300 employees tested positive for COVID-19 and four died over the last month. County officials started investigating Los Angeles Apparel on June 19, after three workers from the plant died and a “concerned health care provider” tipped off authorities...

FDA Expands List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizer Products to 50
July 10, 2020 at 12:20 pm

In mid-June, the FDA listed nine hand sanitizer products from the Mexican company Eskbiochem SA de CV as harmful to consumers, then added five more this week. It also announced that 14 hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico contain the toxic chemical methanol. The list includes..

QCA Members Vote to Wind Down the Organization
June 22, 2020 at 11:45 am

In April, accredited supplier members of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, voted to wind down the organization. No new applications are being accepted, and current members will continue to be supported through Aug. 1, 2020. Several factors contributed to the decision to wind down. “First, QCA has done an excellent job in educating accredited suppliers…

Delta Apparel Joins Cotton LEADS Program
June 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Delta Apparel, Greenville, S.C., has joined the Cotton LEADS program, signifying its commitment to sustainability and acknowledging the ongoing improvements U.S. and Australian cotton growers continue to make under both countries’ stringent regulatory environments. The aim of the Cotton LEADS program is to raise awareness of sustainable and responsible cotton growing practices, and to keep…

FDA Temporarily Relaxes Hand Sanitizer Ethanol Restrictions to Increase Supply
June 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

In order to keep up with demand for hand sanitizer, particularly in the health care space, the FDA has temporarily relaxed its restrictions on fuel- and technical-grade ethanol, and the amount of certain impurities present in the production process. These are temporary rules aimed at increasing hand sanitizer availability while demand remains sky high...

Canadian Government to Designate Plastics as Toxins
March 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm

The Canadian federal government reportedly plans to designate plastics as toxic substances, giving the government the power to regulate and limit certain products in Canada. According to the Globe and Mail, the government will list plastics as toxins under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, rather than the planned ban of single-use plastics by 2021. By…

BDA Achieves QCA Accreditation
March 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, Ill., has awarded QCA’s Distributor Certificate to Woodinville, Washington-based Bensussen Deutsch & Associates LLC (BDA). Built upon the existing Advocacy Council, the Distributor Certification Program is designed specifically for the needs of distributors and decorators, allowing them to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing. Like QCA’s Supplier…

Foamworx Achieves QCA Accreditation
February 25, 2020 at 10:34 am

Quality Certification Alliance, Chicago, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Foamworx, Calais, Maine. QCA Accredited companies endorse a self-certification, complete a rigorous self-assessment, and then submit their headquarters and their supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board uses a scorecard representing the performance of the applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits…