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Quality Control, Safety, and Sourcing Overseas

  • By michael
  • · March 26, 2012
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This weekend the New York Times published a story about the ongoing criminal trial over the 2008 crane collapse in NYC that killed two people.   In brief, the crane owner, New York Crane and Equipment Corporation, needed a critical part manufactured to repair the crane and the owner found quotes from US-based companies to be too expensive; he […]

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Will President Obama Be Good For Global Trade?

  • By Josh Green
  • · November 5, 2008
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Now that CNN has called the race for Senator Barack Obama, it’s time to ask — Will President Obama be good for global trade? My prediction: yes. Over the last several months, I’ve been asked this question by a lot of people who care about global trade. Indeed, Candidate Obama generated a fair amount of […]

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Even More Melamine — And No Solution In Sight

  • By Josh Green
  • · November 3, 2008
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As David Barboza reported over the weekend in The New York Times, Chinese authorities are expanding their melamine investigation.  Melamine is the toxic chemical that should not be making its way into the food supply chain — but that nevertheless has been.  By now, some may be tuning out news about food (and product) safety […]

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The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act — and You

  • By Josh Green
  • · October 28, 2008
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If 2007 was the Year of the Recall, 2008 was the Year of Regulation. This past year, some of the nation’s biggest industries pushed for new federal regulations to cope with consumer concerns about product safety — breaking from a tendency to block regulatory measures. They got what they wanted. This August, the U.S. enacted […]

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Separated at Birth: China’s Manufacturing Crisis and America’s Financial Crisis

  • By Josh Green
  • · October 6, 2008
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Yet another product safety scandal in China.  This time, it’s melamine.  Not surprisingly, many are claiming that there is something unique to Chinese business practices that is the cause of China’s many product safety scandals.  Bee Wilson, in Tuesday’s New York Times, goes a long way toward debunking this notion by pointing out that product […]

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