April 19, 2017 Leave a comment
Snap-on CEO: Manufacturing has a PR Problem
April 14, 2017 Leave a comment
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Many small- and medium-sized companies hoping to move jobs back to the U.S. are being stymied by U.S. policy and international trade rules.
Altra Industrial Motion, a publicly-traded maker of transmission components, was prepared this year to bring as many as 100 jobs back to a Pennsylvania factory once used to manufacture cannons during the U.S. Civil War.
Although the company produced much of its equipment in China, Altra’s executives expected China to cut subsidies the country offered local manufacturers of cast-iron parts used in Altra’s components. The subsidies artificially lowered Chinese production costs by half as much as in the U.S., said Carl Christenson, chairman and CEO of Braintree, Mass.-based Altra. Their elimination would have made U.S. manufacturing more competitive.
But China won an antidumping case before the U.S. International Trade Commission in November, which allows China to keep its manufacturing subsidies, said Mr. Christenson.
“We’re now going back to China,” he said. The company spent about 12 months preparing to reshore its manufacturing, and would have paid the new workers as much as $75,000 a year, he said.
April 11, 2017 Leave a comment
Nowadays, more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that many of the foods we consume daily have been imported from China.
These are the some of the current most dangerous foods imported in China we consume daily:
1. Apple Juice
China is well known to use dangerous pesticides in the production of foods, including banned pesticides. Also, nearly 50% of all apple juice sold in the United States is imported from China.
2. Industrial Salt
The Chinese often use salt produced for industrial purposes as table salt, so there are high chances that we often consume industrial salt as well, which can lead to high stroke and heart attack risk, high blood pressure, and hypertension.
3. Cod Fish
Half of the American Cod is imported from China, and you have probably already heard about the water pollution and feeding issue with this fish in China.
China often has issues with avian flu and other foodborne illnesses, and in 2013, the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America. However, research has also shown that the chicken there are fed and kept in disastrous conditions.
5. Chinese Garlic
31% of the garlic we use is imported from China, and Chinese use tons of harmful pesticides in the production of these foods, especially methyl bromide.
Furthermore, 80% of the tilapia sold in the United States is also Chinese. The tilapia fish is a bottom feeder, meaning that I consume all it can find. Yet, if we consider the water pollution, we can state that the consumption of anything raised in that water would be not just unsafe, but extremely dangerous.
7. Plastic Rice
It has also been reported that China also produces fake, plastic rice. This rice is made of resin and potatoes and stays hard when boiled.
We believe that these facts above surely made you think that it is always better to stay on the safe side and buy and consume local, organic foods.
March 28, 2017 Leave a comment
March 27, 2017 Leave a comment
Walmart issued a major recall of frozen pizza after its brand announced a potential listeria contamination.
The company issued the recall for its frozen pizzas sold under the Marketside brand – to be exact, 21,220 pounds of the brand’s extra large Supreme pizza were recalled. The food safety inspection Service detailed the recall on its website.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 1821” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail distribution centers in California, Nevada, Utah and Washington.
The problem was discovered during routine sampling by the firm. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
March 24, 2017 Leave a comment
Americans really, really love canned tuna fish.
According to the National Fisheries Institute, Americans consumed more than 700 million pounds of canned tuna in 2015. That equates to 2.2 pounds per person annually.
The food remains among the top three seafood items Americans consume each year– and it’s held that ranking for more than 10 years.
But now retailers are saying that there’s something pretty fishy going on in the canned tuna industry and, as is the trend with many other foods, there’s been a renewed focus on how the fish is caught and processed– and where it comes from.
To that effect, on Whole Foods Market recently announced that by next January, all of the canned tuna sold in stores or used in its prepared foods departments will be sourced only from fishers that exclusively use pole-and-line, troll or hand line catch methods. These methods theoretically eliminate the issue of bycatch or the unintentional harvest of other fish, birds or mammals. With Whole Foods’ protocols in place, their fisherman will be catching tuna individually to prevent overfishing.
The chain’s new policy also mandates canned tuna products to originate from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or be sourced from fisheries rated green (best choice) or yellow (good alternative) by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center.
March 23, 2017 Leave a comment
“We’ve been down this road before,” Roberts said. “We fixed the issue of COOL in 2015. We don’t need to go down that road again. We narrowly escaped about $4 billion … in retaliatory tariffs against the United States. I do not think we need a constantly changing list of key elements of a model trade agreement … what we need is a U.S. Trade Representative confirmed … and in place who will embark on a robust trade policy.”
March 21, 2017 Leave a comment
Brasília (AFP) – The fallout from Brazil’s rotten meat scandal accelerated on Monday when China, a huge client, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban.
Another ban on Brazilian meat imposed by Chile sparked fears of a trade spat between the two South American partners.
A charm offensive by President Michel Temer, who even invited foreign ambassadors to a traditional meat restaurant in the capital Brasilia late Sunday, failed to calm importers.
China, which with Hong Kong is Brazil’s biggest meat export market, said it needed to know more about the allegations that major meatpacking businesses bribed inspectors to get health certificates and masked tainted meat as fit for consumption.
March 20, 2017 Leave a comment
Known for its antibiotic features and helpful for treating many bacterial and inflammatory issues, the garlic is widely used not only in the preparation of many remedies, but thanks to its special flavors and scent also used in various dishes and even eaten raw.
But note, not every garlic found on the market is as safe to use, but the latest report of several researchers have shown that the garlic imported from China can have a bad influence on the organism and instead of healthy compounds it’s enriched with high levels of pesticides and deadly toxins.
Therefore, all of these chemicals get transferred into the products resulting in harm to a human organism knowing how widely and often is used in our kitchens.
March 6, 2017 Leave a comment
A peanut butter substitute sold by an Illinois company is being recalled because 12 cases of E. coli have been linked to the product.
Glenview-based I.M. Health SoyNut Butter Co . is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products.
E. coli cases in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon have been linked to the nut-free product
Illinois public health Director Dr. Nirav Shah says some E. coli infections are mild but others may be life-threatening. Young children are particularly vulnerable.
Health officials recommend people not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy-brand SoyNut Butter products or granola coated with the company’s SoyNut Butter.