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Cannabis Lounges Bring New Risks to Fast-Moving Industry

Cannabis Lounges Bring New Risks to Fast-Moving Industry

In a growing number of communities around the U.S., new cannabis lounges are offering a social setting where guests can openly use marijuana products. Colorado and New Mexico both saw their first cannabis lounges open in April, Michigan’s first marijuana lounge is set to open this summer, and officials in Nevada are currently discussing how the recently-approved class of businesses…

Kinder Chocolate, Skippy Peanut Butter Among Latest Food Safety Recalls

Kinder Chocolate, Skippy Peanut Butter Among Latest Food Safety Recalls

Two Kinder chocolate products sold in the U.S. are being recalled after salmonella typhimurium was detected at the Belgian facility where they were made. While no salmonella cases have been identified in the U.S., the facility is linked to a salmonella outbreak in Europe that has sickened at least 142 individuals, most of whom are young children. Ferrero’s voluntary recall,…

QVC, Amazon Warehouse Disasters Underscore Risks at Large Facilities

QVC, Amazon Warehouse Disasters Underscore Risks at Large Facilities

A massive fire at a QVC warehouse in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on Dec. 19 destroyed 75% of the 1.5 million-square-foot facility and killed one worker, according to news reports. The five-alarm blaze rendered the site inoperable and has reportedly prompted the company, a major employer in the area, to plan to lay off all of its more than 1,900…

Onion Recall Expanded After 800 Sickened With Salmonella

Onion Recall Expanded After 800 Sickened With Salmonella

A recent recall of fresh onions has now been linked to at least 808 salmonella infections and includes onions from multiple sources, including HelloFresh and EveryPlate meal kits. According to an Oct. 29 update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the salmonella outbreak has caused illness across 37 states and Puerto Rico and hospitalized 157 individuals. It has so…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance

Supply chain difficulties and rising costs are among the top challenges currently facing the manufacturing and distribution industry. To learn more about Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance, Crain’s Content Studio spoke with Angela Tam, Vice President, Brokerage Manager, Burns & Wilcox, San Francisco, California. What is the greatest risk in the manufacturing and distribution industry today? A.T.: The supply chain interruption…

Neutrogena, Aveeno Sunscreens Recalled After Carcinogen Found in Samples

Neutrogena, Aveeno Sunscreens Recalled After Carcinogen Found in Samples

A variety of Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen sprays are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson after trace amounts of benzene, a known carcinogen, were found in samples of the products. The voluntary recall announced July 14 affects five sunscreens that were distributed nationwide and packaged in aerosol cans. The company and the FDA are now investigating how the chemical might…

FDA Addresses Concerns Over Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Foods

FDA Addresses Concerns Over Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Foods

On March 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signaled it would soon take steps to prevent or reduce chemical hazards in baby and toddler foods to a level “as low as is reasonably achievable.” The FDA announcement disclosed a letter it sent that same day to manufacturers and processors of baby and toddler food to remind them of their…

Over 762,000 Pounds of Hot Pockets Recalled for Possible Glass, Plastic Contamination

Over 762,000 Pounds of Hot Pockets Recalled for Possible Glass, Plastic Contamination

Nestlé Prepared Foods recalled approximately 762,615 pounds of Hot Pockets this month due to concerns they possibly contain glass and hard plastic. The recall, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture\'s Food Safety and Inspection Service on January 15, followed four consumer complaints about extraneous materials inside the microwaveable filled pastry. One complaint reportedly involved an oral injury. The recall…

Peloton Recalls 54,000 Bike Pedals after Breakage, Injury Reports

Peloton Recalls 54,000 Bike Pedals after Breakage, Injury Reports

Peloton recently announced that it is recalling the pedals on 27,000 indoor stationary bikes after receiving reports of 16 injuries and 120 pedal breakages. A statement from the high-end spin bike maker said the recall applies to PR70P pedals placed on bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016 and recommends discontinuing use of affected bikes until new pedals are…

Marijuana Sales Soar, Three States Set Monthly Records

Marijuana Sales Soar, Three States Set Monthly Records

Colorado, Illinois and Ohio set new records for monthly marijuana sales in July and August, underscoring the resilience of the cannabis industry amid the COVID-19 recession. In July, recreational and medical marijuana stores in Colorado generated a combined $226.4 million in revenue, up 13.8 percent from June, and Ohio saw a record $21 million in medical marijuana sales. In August,…

Toxic Hand Sanitizer and Cub Scout Pins, Mislabeled Granola Underscore Recall Risks

Toxic Hand Sanitizer and Cub Scout Pins, Mislabeled Granola Underscore Recall Risks

Dozens of hand sanitizer products have been recalled or recommended for recall for potentially containing methanol, which can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first alerted consumers in June about the presence of methanol, also known as wood alcohol, in nine products. Since then, the agency has expanded the warning…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Cannabis Industry’s Growth Shapes Risk Considerations

Ask the Expert Q&A: Cannabis Industry’s Growth Shapes Risk Considerations

The cannabis industry continues to experience growth in the U.S. and Canada. Medical and recreational marijuana sales are expected to reach nearly $30 billion in the U.S. by 2023, and sales have surged even during the COVID-19 crisis. The market’s rapidly changing landscape presents unique risk management considerations for those involved in the cultivation, production, dispensing and sale of cannabis…

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