June 18, 2010 1:36 pm
Recalls are so much in the news. Cars. Medicines. Spinach. Now our kids cups.
No doubt you’ve heard about the McDonald’s recall of 12 million Shrek Foever After 3D promotional glasses due to unsafe levels of cadmium in the paint pigments on the glasses. In case you’re wondering how the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) found out about the toxic metal… an anonymous tipster (two in fact) with access to some pretty state-of-the-art equipment tipped off Rep Jackie Speier. The info was then brought to the CSPC for confirmation before the fast food giant was notified.
Before you blame non-U.S. manufacturing, the Shrek glasses were made by ARC international — Millville, NJ. A company McDonald’s has been working with for 15 years. Ouch.
January 30, 2010 4:16 pm
The ungodly screech of brakes that you’ve been hearing since mid January just happen to be the wheels of government as it shifts gears and reverses itself. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it had come to agree with the U.S. National Toxicology Program after all, and indeed there was reason for “some concern” about the safety of industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) exposure for fetuses, infants and children.
July 1, 2009 11:17 am
We’ve talked before about BPA… the worrisome results of research, the bans by several U.S. states and the Canadian government, and the questionable accuracy of media reports on the subject. As a business owner who may be using re-usable water bottles as a promotional tool, or to help your business be more “green”, the most recent reversal in position by the FDA should have you prepared to answer questions about BPA. Educating your staff and your customers about the issues, and how to use water bottles safely are very important now.
It’s not that anyone expects a President coming from the Democratic party to suddenly recognize the contribution, and necessity of business… that’s as realistic as expecting Republicans to support more government. But to see such glaring evidence of the disdain in which business is held by the current administration is discouraging to say the least.
May 30, 2008 8:45 am
Just recently there was a CBS piece on President Obama and his attitude toward business — and profits — that every business owner ought to see. Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard uses four simple criteria to support the idea that the President is not a friend to business — his policies, his decisions, his appointments and lastly his own words.
This week, Dunkin Donuts pulled an online ad featuring benign and smiling TV hostess Rachel Ray. The reason? The black and white scarf (chosen by a stylist for the advertising shoot) Ray wears in the ad looked too much like a garment known as a keffiyeh — a traditional headdress worn by Arab men and often associated with jihad.
Look at the photos here to judge for yourself if the garments are similar.
Many who saw the ad, thought the scarf looked very much like one often worn by Yasser Arafat, and seen continually on beheading nad hostage taking videos. And while some claim the keffiyeh is a common fashion accessory in parts of the world, others wonder how those same souls might feel if a KKK style hood was to appear on the runways of Paris or Milan. (more…)