February 7, 2000 |
Often without realizing it, consumers who buy vitamins, minerals and herbs at the pharmacy or health-food store may be taking a leap of faith. Studies have shown that the vitamins and herbs we buy do not always contain the ingredients listed on the products' labels--and there is no regulatory system in place to ensure accuracy in labeling.
April 14, 1999 |
Baxter International Inc.'s health care unit was cited for flaws in quality control procedures at its Irvine plant, which makes pulmonary artery catheters, according to a government letter released Tuesday. In the March 12 letter, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials cited Baxter for not having adequately tested the software that runs its manufacturing process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1994 |
Pepsi-Cola officials defended their quality control standards Wednesday and said the claim of a 22-year-old woman that she found a dead rat in a can of Diet Pepsi may be a hoax. "You have to remember, the remains of the animal were found after the can was opened," spokeswoman Anne Ward said from Pepsi headquarters in Somers, N.Y. "Nothing was found in a sealed can. The logical conclusion is that whatever was put there, was put there after the can was opened."
September 23, 1991 |
Why is it that you can buy a Size 8 skirt from a company one day and six months later need a Size 10, when you haven't gained a pound? First of all, it is not because your body is any more flawed. Even models have to try on dozens of jeans to get a good fit, as an investigation by W magazine discovered. Their researchers found no consistency between brands in sizes; even within brands, the Size 8s all fit differently.
September 12, 1993 |
For millions of middle-class Americans struggling to decide what to make of President Clinton's health care reform plan, perhaps the most pressing question is: How will it ensure top quality when all the emphasis seems to be on cutting costs? True, 37 million Americans lack health insurance. But some 200 million have access to a system that, for all its shortcomings, still offers the world's best medical care.
January 27, 1999 |
John Morrissey found out about ISO 9000 two years ago when his prime-contractor customers sent him letters telling him to get ISO-compliant if he wanted to do more business with them. David Goodreau discovered that his Burbank machine shop needs ISO 9000 certification to do business with big companies outside his customary defense work.
February 5, 1986 |
Steady cuts in NASA's space shuttle oversight and inspections program since 1983 have hurt quality control, according to several NASA officials and contract company employees. In interviews this week, the officials and workers complained also that they faced an ever-increasing workload, occasionally leading to accidents and injuries, under NASA's ambitious program to launch 15 shuttles this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999 |
A state Assembly inquiry into faulty welds on Orange Crush interchange bridges will begin within a month and will focus on how well Caltrans monitors the quality of construction on its projects, lawmakers said Tuesday. "We want to figure out what happened," said Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim), a member of the transportation committee that is launching the probe. "And more importantly, we want to make sure that this type of thing never happens again."
September 25, 1990 |
The crash of a DC-10 jetliner last summer in Sioux City, Iowa, which killed 112 people and miraculously spared 184, was ordained 18 years earlier. In 1971, a titanium disk was installed in a General Electric jet engine, which was later mounted onto the DC-10. But the disk had a flaw, one that would go undetected in one inspection test after another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 |
In a move that could jeopardize the future of one of the most prestigious hospitals in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration on Friday threatened to cut off $37 million in Medicare funding from St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica over an incident last year in which the hospital turned away from its emergency room an elderly woman suffering from a brain injury.