Product Safety

Padres Recall Promotional Beach Hats After Bugs Found in Packaging
September 4, 2018 at 10:50 am

The San Diego Padres were forced to recall giveaway beach hats last weekend after the organization found grain beetles in some of the items' packaging. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, fans at Petco Park received a voucher to get a replacement (and hopefully bug-free) beach hat mailed to their home. The team unfortunately already handed the items out before realizing the mistake, but ushers came around in the third inning with plastic bags to collect them...

Electronic Fidget Spinner Charging in Car Causes Vehicle Fire
August 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A car was left scorched in Harrisburg, Pa., after an electronic fidget spinner burst into flames while it was charging inside it. The fidget spinner, which doubled as a Bluetooth speaker, was left on the passenger seat of the car when it combusted. The owner of the vehicle was able to extinguish most of the…

AsiaInspection and QCA Re-Affirm Brand Safety Partnership
August 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm

The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, reaffirmed its collaborative partnership with AsiaInspection (AI), its longest-tenured collaborative partner, as part of last month’s 10-year anniversary commemoration. The partnership, initially with ANSECO Group—which was purchased by AI—launched in 2012 with a QCA-sponsored Ink Testing Initiative, which saves participating companies thousands of dollars. QCA affiliated companies (applicant, member,…

Hirsch Gift Inc. Details Voluntary Charging Pad Recall
July 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Hirsch Gift Inc., Houston, last week announced a recall of its CloudCharge Qi Wireless Charging Pads because the item could overheat while in use, creating a potential burn hazard. Customers were urged to immediately stop using the chargers and contact Hirsch Gift Inc. for a free replacement. The recall involved about 21,000 items. Today, Hirsch…

QCA Authorizes UL as Accreditation Program Audit Provider
July 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, announced the qualification of UL as an authorized audit provider for their Accreditation Program. With this achievement, UL joins Bureau Veritas to become only the second authorized audit provider. Also, to better serve QCA’s clients, both providers will now offer accredited suppliers the opportunity to schedule and complete future…

Let’s See How That Boring Company Flamethrowers Promotion Is Going
June 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Though he might start to feel some heat for being behind schedule, Elon Musk can still say, to some degree, that he is a man of his word. On Saturday, the Boring Company CEO partially made good on his vow to supply end-users with flamethrowers, as consumers blazed a trail to his brainchild’s Los Angeles-based…

QCA Honors D. Fenton For 10 Years as Head of Compliance
June 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

As the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) embarks on its 10-year anniversary on July 10, 2018, the organization and its Board of Directors recognized Denise "D." Fenton, executive director of compliance, for her role in establishing and maintaining QCA’s Accreditation program. For more than 20 years, Fenton has worked in international manufacture-for-export. At QCA, she administers…

Wireless Smartphone Chargers Recalled by Promo Supplier, CPSC
May 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Bluefin International, Cumming, Ga., which does promotional products business as Logo Included, is recalling a model of wireless smartphone chargers after receiving reports of them overheating, posing a burn hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall involves wireless smartphone chargers with the model number AC16B printed on the bottom. They are circular…

Hirsch Gift Hires Jessica Cameron as Compliance Manager
May 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Hirsch Gift Inc., Houston, today announced the addition of Jessica Cameron as compliance manager. “Hiring Jessica was a no-brainer with her experience in both the distributor and supplier sides of the industry," said Peter Hirsch, president of Hirsch Gift Inc. "In her new role, Jessica will evaluate and document…