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National Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles & Kits Due to Microbial Contamination
National Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles & Kits Due to Microbial Contamination
7/21/2014 10:10:19 AM
Last week, a California company, White & Blue Lion, Inc., recalled its tattoo ink and needles along with all tubes and ink cups as a result of pathogenic bacterial contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that the use of these infected products may cause a bacterial infection that can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal complication of infection. …
Safar Continues Operations in Iraq
Safar Continues Operations in Iraq
7/18/2014 2:28:06 PM
Amid the growing security issues in Iraq, Safar Oilfield Services is proud to provide continued support to its local Energy customer base. As the current situation develops in Iraq, our customers continue to adhere to tight schedules and strive to operate at optimum levels of efficiency. Through our 2,200 square meter warehouse in Erbil, Safar continues to order, stock, and …
Portland’s Infill Construction Creates Asbestos Concerns for Residents
Portland’s Infill Construction Creates Asbestos Concerns for Residents
7/18/2014 8:51:21 AM
Last month, The Oregonian published an article about Portland’s infill construction boom and concerns over exposure to asbestos due to demolition activities.  The article states that builders in many circumstances can receive city permits without demonstrating that any asbestos in the older homes has been properly removed before demolition activities begin. Many older …
Meth Lab Discovered at Retirement Community in California
Meth Lab Discovered at Retirement Community in California
7/16/2014 9:54:22 AM
Last month, USA Today and other national media outlets reported that a California man was arrested for suspicion of operating a clandestine meth lab in a Fresno retirement community.  Neighbors of the man were shocked to learn of the discovery in their senior citizen village. Small meth laboratories have been found by authorities in everything from hotel rooms and …
San Diego Infections Possibly Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink
San Diego Infections Possibly Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink
7/15/2014 9:42:30 AM
Recently, San Diego’s Fox 5 broadcasted a report about several area residents that have been diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection.  The infections, caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), are being investigated by county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, both the ink and water used to dilute it are …
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Environmental Quality
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Environmental Quality
7/15/2014 9:32:45 AM
Among many in the medical community, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial issue. Some do not recognize the condition as a true disease or illness, while others support its existence. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states, “In theory, MCS is an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals. Chemical sensitivity …
Protein Structural Defects Are Enablers and Stimulators of Enzyme Catalysis, Scientist Ariel Fernandez Finds
Protein Structural Defects Are Enablers and Stimulators of Enzyme Catalysis, Scientist Ariel Fernandez Finds
7/14/2014 3:38:23 PM
Ariel Fernandez Consultancy serves the biotechnology industry by harnessing fundamental discoveries to broaden its technological base. In line with this goal, Ariel Fernandez in a recent Communication showed that a structural defect known as dehydron , causing interfacial tension in proteins , may also function as enabler and stimulator of enzyme catalysis. Thus, …

LA Testing Provides California Residents with Dioxin Information and Testing Services
LA Testing Provides California Residents with Dioxin Information and Testing Services
7/10/2014 3:43:25 PM
Dioxins refer to a group of toxic chemical compounds that share certain chemical structures and characteristics.  Dioxins can be released into the environment through forest fires, backyard burning of trash, certain industrial activities and residue from past commercial burning of waste. Dioxins break down very slowly and past releases of dioxins from both man-made and …
End of the season harvest efficiency benefits observed following in-season use of BASF fungicides
7/7/2014 9:58:06 AM
Growers across the country have experienced positive harvest efficiency benefits after using Headline AMP® fungicide on their corn crops during the season. In addition to managing disease pressures throughout corn fields, proactive use of Headline AMP fungicide provides Plant Health benefits including growth efficiency and stress tolerance.   These Plant Health …
EMSL Analytical, Inc. strengthens its cGMP Portfolio
EMSL Analytical, Inc. strengthens its cGMP Portfolio
7/7/2014 9:48:31 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc., a nationally recognized full service testing laboratory, has added the MALDI-TOF (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight) system to its growing cGMP platform. The system reduces the time to identify microorganisms from days to minutes. Bacterial and fungal identification are crucial to confirm and guide corrective actions in the …
Avoid ‘Azo Dyes’ - Online Store Owners Warns of the Carcinogenic Dangers
7/4/2014 12:26:05 AM
QUEENSLAND, Australia July 2014 – In the last few months over 200 000 items have been recalled from Jeans West, Cotton On and Rivers Australia, after traces of azo dyes were discovered in clothing and linen, according to reports from The Herald Sun. Described by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as a “large class of very effective synthetic dyes”, …
BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC wastewater project wins national recycling award from American Chemistry Council
7/2/2014 6:05:29 PM
BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC received a Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling Award from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for successfully implementing a wastewater management project in Port Arthur, Texas that reduces site waste along with operating costs. Representatives from the company were recognized during the 2014 Responsible CareConference and Expo in Miami, FL. …
California Residents Turn to LA Testing for Answers to VOC Questions
California Residents Turn to LA Testing for Answers to VOC Questions
6/26/2014 2:24:46 PM
Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, include a wide range of chemicals used in many products and materials today. These VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and many are known to have potential adverse health effects for anyone exposed to long-term or elevated levels of these compounds. California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has a number of …
Manufacturing Process that Generated PCBs as a Byproduct Results in Record Penalty
Manufacturing Process that Generated PCBs as a Byproduct Results in Record Penalty
6/25/2014 9:46:29 AM
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that a metals company will pay a $13.75 million civil penalty.  It is the largest civil penalty ever imposed for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at a single facility. According to the EPA release, “…one of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines and other industrial …
Library Closes Indefinitely After the Discovery of Lead and Asbestos
Library Closes Indefinitely After the Discovery of Lead and Asbestos
6/24/2014 5:31:55 PM
In May, several media outlets reported that the Branchburg Reading Station had been closed for an indefinite time following the discovery of lead and asbestos in the building. The facility, located in New Jersey, is part of the Somerset County Library System (SCLS).  The closure will allow for the remediation of the building and patrons of Branchburg Reading Station have been …
Demilec Introduces Barnseal® Spray Foam
Demilec Introduces Barnseal® Spray Foam
6/23/2014 10:00:00 PM
Demilec introduces Barnseal® polyurethane spray foam for use in agricultural applications.  Barnseal® is a high R-Value insulation and air-seal developed for use in poultry, dairy, equestrian, farm and ranch applications where high performance is required at a lower cost than foam traditionally used in homes and non-farm buildings.   “We now have two versions of Barnseal® …
Ammonia Leaks Cause Hazards for Workers & Nearby Residents
Ammonia Leaks Cause Hazards for Workers & Nearby Residents
6/23/2014 12:48:42 PM
Late last month, KTIV reported about an ammonia leak that occurred at a large egg operation in northeast Nebraska.  A malfunctioning pressure release valve is believed to have been the culprit, causing the release of the hazardous gas.  Fortunately, a worker sounded the alarm and workers were evacuated as a hazmat team responded to the scene. Also last month, emergency …

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