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Workplace Labels and OSHA GHS Fear-mongering

Multiple clients who use chemicals in the course of their businesses have recently asked us questions such as these: “A label company salesperson is telling me that effective June 1, 2015, OSHA will require labels on chemical containers to have pictograms, signal words and hazard and precautionary statements.  Do we have to relabel all the manufacturers’ containers of chemicals we

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Hexavalent Chromium in Stainless Steel Welding

William H. Kincaid

Nothing pushes a safety or health topic onto the radar faster than an upward spike in OSHA citations.  Although hexavalent chromium isn’t anywhere near the top of the “Most Cited OSHA Standards” list, it has popped up a couple of times lately with some of my clients.   These citations remind us of the relevance of these rather loftily technical regulations

Product Recall – Global

Ian Harrison

Understanding Recall Issues A major recall in the food manufacturing and retailing sector was once a rare event guaranteed to make the news headlines. Not anymore. Hardly a week passes without some new eruption of salmonella, listeria, E. coli, or other noxious contaminants cropping up somewhere along the food production and distribution chain. When the source is far back along

US-EU Organic Trade Agreement

Lori Hardaway

Good news for organic food producers!  Organic food trade between the United States and the European Union will be getting easier this summer.  The two countries have signed an agreement allowing products meeting the organic standards in one country to be sold in the other.  This mutually beneficial arrangement broadens the organic market without imposing further burdens on manufacturers creating

New Industry Standard Governs Safe Food From the Farm

Mark Kinzie

A new Technical Specification has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for detecting, managing, and controlling food safety hazards, beginning with the hygienic environment on the farm.  ISO/TS 22002-3:2011, Prerequisite Programs on Safe Food—Farming Part 3, provides specific requirements that guide the design, implementation and documentation of food safety programs on farms. This is the third in

EEOC Warns that Requiring a High School Diploma May Violate the ADA

Esther McDonald

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that an employer’s requirement that job applicants hold a high-school diploma may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC made the statement in an informal discussion letter posted on the EEOC website last month. The EEOC said that the diploma requirement must be “job related for the position in question and consistent

Contract Risk: Restrictions on grain exports are not likely due to an abundant harvest, but major delays at seaports are to be expected.

Ade Onitolo

Official statistical data has recently been released and indicates that Russia will reap an abundant grain harvest in the 2011-2012 agricultural year. The preliminary estimate of the grain harvest stands at 93 million tons. This is in contrast with the previous year: On August 15, 2010, the Russian government imposed a comprehensive ban on all grain exports in response to

The 100% Solution to Worker Testing: Less-Than-Complete Employee Understanding Adds Up to Potentially Serious Food Safety Issues

Laura Dunn Nelson

Employee training has always posed challenges for food companies. Consider language, for example. English may be a second language for many employees, which raises the issue of worker comprehension. Do employees really understand the concepts and procedures being taught, particularly the importance of product safety? No less significant is the evaluation of worker competence based on understanding of the material

PREVENTIVE CONTROLS & RECORD KEEPING: COMPLYING WITH FSMA

Laura Dunn Nelson

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2011, represents major changes in food safety oversight. It requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop science-based preventive controls throughout the food industry. This is a marked change from the FDA’s previous functions that were mostly reactive; e.g. to respond to incidents of

Venezuela- Food firms are likely to see profit margins squeezed because of price controls and inflation

Rafael Gomes

Perils: Regulatory Risks Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Food Industry/All Sectors Analysis: On 3 May 2011, the Central Bank announced that annual inflation had reached 22.9% in the first quarter of 2011. Although Planning Minister Jorge Giordani portrayed this as a victory, stating that the government had planned to lower annual inflation to 20% by 2012, there are worrying signs that lead