July 20, 2007 |
China's product safety watchdog said today that it had revoked the business licenses of several firms that had exported products tainted with diethylene glycol or melamine. The General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the business license had been pulled for Taixing Glycerin Factory, accused of exporting diethylene glycol and passing it off as 99.5% pure glycerin. It went into Panamanian medicines that killed at least 51 people.
April 21, 2001 |
The White House announcement this week that President Bush plans to nominate Mary Sheila Gall to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission signals a radical shift in the government's oversight of consumer products--from an agency recently known for its regulatory reach to one more likely to be characterized by its regulatory restraint.
November 23, 2001 |
Harold "Hal" Stratton, a former New Mexico attorney general who is President Bush's latest choice to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has a reputation as a conservative Republican who does not shy from controversy, even if he bruises powerful political egos. For instance, as state attorney general in the late 1980s, Stratton took on his former colleagues in the state Legislature, arguing that their pension plan was illegal.
May 13, 2000 |
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the president's plan Friday to toughen civil and criminal penalties for companies that fail to notify the government or consumers about potentially dangerous products. The legislation would upgrade willful criminal violations of product safety laws from misdemeanors to felonies and eliminate the $1.6-million cap on civil penalties. "With this legislation, the punishment will finally start to fit the crime," said Mrs.
November 26, 1999 |
It's on the alarm clock that rousts you out of bed in the morning, the reading lamp you turn off at night. It can be spotted on your coffee maker and toaster, your refrigerator, stove and gas grill--and your TV, CD player, telephone and computer monitor. It's the UL mark, a small circle surrounding the letters UL. It certifies that the appliance, no matter what size or purpose, has been approved by the world's largest independent testing service, Underwriters Laboratories.
January 7, 1992 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday called for a temporary halt to the sale and use of silicone gel breast implants while the agency evaluates recently obtained information that has raised new concerns about the safety of the controversial devices. "Physicians should cease using them and manufacturers should stop distributing them," FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler said at a press conference, adding: "The FDA cannot assure women of their safety at this time."
February 5, 2009 |
Clothing and toy manufacturers launched a fresh effort Wednesday aimed at postponing enforcement of a law set to take effect next week that forces items that may contain dangerous amounts of lead to be pulled from shelves. The manufacturers want to delay for at least six months the effective date of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed by Congress last year in response to a string of toy recalls.
August 3, 1996 |
An Orange County Superior Court jury Friday denied a claim by a former Allergan Inc. employee that she was forced out after allegedly being pressured to hide concerns involving product safety from regulators.
February 2, 1990 |
A state appellate court has ruled that persons implanted with certain heart valves made by Shiley Inc.--a type with a history of life-threatening failures--may sue the manufacturer for fraud even though their valves have not malfunctioned. The 4th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed the opinion of an Orange County Superior Court judge that Judy Khan of Roanoke, Va., had filed her grievances prematurely because the heart valve which she received in 1983 has not malfunctioned.