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Regulator Steps In to Improve Quality of Food Ordered Online

Wednesday

The apex food regulator in the country, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is aiming to improve the quality of food sold through online channels, after consumers complained about expired food products being sold on ecommerce sites. In doing so, the regulator has adopted a two-pronged approach -e-commerce entities selling packaged food will have to register with the regulator -and all e-commerce companies selling cooked food will have to take licenses.



Microsoft Sued Over Windows 10 Updates That ‘Destroyed Data'

Wednesday

Microsoft is facing a lawsuit in the US over its heavy-handed attempts to force people into upgrading to Windows 10 that, the plaintiffs claim, caused them to lose data after their upgrades went awry. The suit filed in the Chicago District Court claims that Microsoft "failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, formulating, and manufacturing the Windows 10 upgrade and placing it into the stream of commerce". It goes on to claim



Twitter Is Gathering User Feedback About a Possible Subscription Model

Wednesday

Twitter is considering building a subscription-based product for some users, a move that could potentially give the platform more revenue while adding more tools for its stagnant user base. Today, Twitter confirmed it’s conducting a survey to see if users are interested in a “new, more enhanced version of TweetDeck,” Twitter’s dashboard for posting and monitoring the social media platform. “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and



Faw-Volkswagen to Recall Over 572,000 Audi Vehicles

Wednesday

Faw-Volkswagen (FAW-VW) will recall more than 572,000 vehicles to address a potential problem caused by panoramic sunroofs, China's quality supervisor said on Tuesday. The recall from May 15 will include 556,196 Audi Q5s manufactured in China between October 9, 2010, and August 11, 2016, and 16,226 imported Audi Q5/SQ5 vehicles produced between June 22, 2010, and July 26, 2016, Xinhua news agency cited China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)



Uber Self-Driving Fleet to Return to Pittsburgh Streets

Wednesday

Uber's fleet of self-driving cars were scheduled to be back on Pittsburgh's streets by the end of the day Monday, an Uber spokesman told the Tribune-Review. The company grounded its fleet of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Arizona after a crash in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday. Cars in San Francisco went back on the road Monday morning, where they are used for mapping and data collection, not to transport passengers. The



Call for Star Safety Ratings for Quad Bikes Following Hundreds of Deaths in Six Years

Tuesday

A spate of accidental deaths around the country has prompted a joint call from the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and the Rural Doctors Association for a star safety rating system to be introduced for quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles. Since 2011, 231 people have been killed in quad bike accidents in Australia. Most of the deaths have been on rural properties, and 43 of those fatalities were children under the age of 16. The



Ministry Accelerates Reforms in the Wake of Meat Scandal

Tuesday

Pressured by Brazilian society and foreign markets to present solutions in the wake of the tainted meat scandal uncovered by Operation Flesh is Weak, President Michel Temer has ordered the Minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi, to accelerate significant changes at the ministry. The reforms already are being called internally as the "new wave of livestock inspection" in Brazil. The changes could go beyond the end of political appointments for regional superintendent roles or more



Ministry of Health Denies Rumors on Cancer Treatment with Vitamin B17, Warns Against Consequences of Circulation

Tuesday

The Ministry of Health and Prevention has denied rumors about cancer treatment with Vitamin B17, stating that the information circulated in a video clip on ability of this vitamin to heal cancer, is misleading. Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Under-Secretary for the Public Health Policy and Licensing at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, stressed that such rumors lack the scientific facts proven by cancer associations or global health authorities. He warned about



Apple Supplier Responsibility Improves: Report

Tuesday

Apple Inc. has made record achievements in suppliers' responsibility, according to the company's 11th annual supplier responsibility report on Monday. One hundred percent of process chemicals at all final assembly facilities were free of Apple-restricted substances, according to report highlights available on Apple's official website. In 2016, work-hour compliance among Apple's suppliers reached 98 percent, which is its "highest ever," the highlights indicate. Apple assesses supplier performance in labor and human



Samsung to Sell Refurbished Note 7s Outside U.S.

Tuesday

Samsung has pulled its notorious Galaxy Note 7 out of mothballs for sale as refurbished models or for rental. The Note 7 models will not be sold in the United States, and in the countries where Samsung will offer it, the old Note 7 models will be under a different name, according to Samsung. Consumers and reviewers loved the Galaxy Note 7 -- until the lithium-ion battery's tendency to smoke and catch fire prompted



Alibaba to Use Blockchain to Fight China’s Fake Food

Monday

China has a fake food problem. Counterfeit soy sauce, rice, and eggs are among the potentially deadly items found for sale. Now Alibaba, the nation's top online shopping company, wants to fight back against fake foods by using blockchain, the tech behind Bitcoin. Jack Ma's $270 billion ecommerce firm today announced it's going to begin experimenting with blockchain, a digital ledger system that's a sort of giant global spreadsheet, to track genuine food



Feds Close Probe of Ford SUV Door Ajar Lights Without Recall

Monday

U.S. safety regulators have decided not to seek a recall after investigating complaints that door ajar warning lights won't turn off on thousands of Ford SUVs. The probe began in September and found nearly 2,700 complaints and over 33,000 warranty claims due to the problem with the 2011 to 2013 Edge SUV. The complaints included 14 drivers who said doors had opened unexpectedly. Over 440,000 SUVs were covered by the investigation. But the National



Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Program After Arizona Crash

Monday

Uber Technologies Inc. suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said. Even so, the company said it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh



Nintendo to Fix Switch But Won’t Say It’s Broken

Monday

Despite the undeniable success of the Nintendo Switch, it is far from perfect. One of most prevalent issues is the glitchy left Joy-Con that would randomly de-sync from the console. So Nintendo offered to fix it, except they're not calling it a 'problem' per se. The Next Web reports that Nintendo is offering to fix buggy left Joy-Cons for free. All the owners have to do is to send it to them



American Airlines Leaves Thousands of Passengers at Gates as It Pushes On-Time Departures

Monday

American Airlines, working to improve its on-time performance, left 20,000 passengers standing at the gate in February, according to the Allied Pilots Association. Pilots at American Airlines said the airline is so committed to making sure airplanes take off on time that in February it left 20,000 passengers stranded at the gate as the door closed on airplanes that had empty seats. The number was provided to American pilots Thursday in a letter



FSSAI Takes Steps to Improve Quality of Food Ordered Online

Friday

The apex food regulator in the country, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is aiming to improve the quality of food sold through online channels, after consumers complained about expired food products being sold on ecommerce sites. In doing so, the regulator has adopted a two-pronged approach -ecommerce entities selling packaged food will have to register with the regulator and all ecommerce companies selling cooked food will have to take licenses. “We



Consulting Firm Aims to Help Carmakers Head Off Hackers

Friday

As the idea of a mass-marketed driverless car nudges closer to reality, automakers are increasingly coming to terms with the need to address the threat that on-board technology could be targeted by hackers. So far there has not been a catastrophic attack, but the growing array of potential connections for cars to the Internet - and at least one hacking-related recall - have pushed the industry toward taking action. One company that sees a potentially



FDA Issues Warning About Risk From Dissolvable Stents

Friday

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter warning about potential heart risks for people with a type of dissolvable stent that Allegheny General Hospital has implanted in patients. The FDA letter, addressed to cardiologists, warns that the rate of heart attacks and other major cardiac events stands at 11 percent after two years for patients with the dissolving stents, versus a rate of 7.9 percent for patients with more traditional metallic stents.



Sharing Lean Ideas to Improve Quality

Friday

If a hospital is facing a problem with quality or safety, chances are another facility is having the same problem. That's especially the case with hospital-acquired infections, which can kill over 100,000 patients a year. So, a group of providers is teaming up to share best practices on how to fix those problems in a way that enlists Lean management, a philosophy of eliminating waste through constant improvement and incremental changes to an organization's



China Releases Draft Bike-Sharing Regulations

Friday

The booming bike-sharing industry has led bicycle associations in China to produce a draft guideline Thursday to regulate the industry. Led by bicycle associations in Shanghai and Tianjin, the draft solicits advice from China's major bicycle manufacturers and bike-sharing companies such as Mobike and ofo. It comprises standards on the production, operation and maintenance of shared bikes, which has witnessed a soaring number of complaints recently. "There were only eight such complaints



Nestle Plans to Vigorously Defend Suit Over Gerber Good Start

Thursday

Nestle currently finds itself in some hot water over its Gerber Good Start baby food, as a class action lawsuit has been filed accusing the food company of negligent misrepresentation. Nestle, however, claims it has done nothing wrong and plans to vigorously defend itself against the allegations. A class action lawsuit was filed Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York by Wendy Manemeit that alleges Gerber Products Co.



Renault Applies ‘Belt and Braces’ Fix to Power Unit Problem

Thursday

Renault said they have fixed their pre-season power unit problems with a "belt and braces" approach ahead of Formula One's Australian Grand Prix opener. Issues with the unit's Energy Recovery System (ERS) limited the team's mileage in the second Barcelona test this month, although the car was clearly a significant step up on last year's. "We have addressed the ERS issue which caused us reliability concerns and do not expect to see a repeat of



French Emissions Probe Clears Opel, But Others Still Accused of Fraud

Thursday

French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel vehicles. The Finance Ministry announced in a statement Monday that its consumer fraud agency has closed its investigation into Opel, having found no "facts constituting an infraction of fraud." The ministry said the agency, DGCCRF, has handed documents to French courts showing fraud



Seatbelts to Become Mandatory for the United Arab Emirates

Thursday

Wearing a seatbelt while travelling in a car will be compulsory under new laws that have been hailed by road safety campaigners. Drivers will be fined Dh400 and receive four black points on their licence for failing to ensure that all adults and children in their car are buckled up. Dubai Police welcomed the move, having urged decision-makers to amend the laws, bringing them into line with many other developed nations. Senior officers said



FDA Issues Warning About Risk from Dissolvable Stents

Thursday

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter warning about potential heart risks for people with a type of dissolvable stent that Allegheny General Hospital has implanted in patients. The FDA letter, addressed to cardiologists, warns that the rate of heart attacks and other major cardiac events stands at 11 percent after two years for patients with the dissolving stents, versus a rate of 7.9 percent for patients with more traditional metallic stents.



Shanghai Tightens Food Safety Regulations

Wednesday

A new food safety regulation, said to be the most stringent ever enacted, will take effect in Shanghai on Monday. The highlights of the new regulation, passed by the local legislature in January, include a higher threshold for market access, a severe crackdown on businesses operating without a license, standardized online food operations and increased penalties. The previous version of the regulation was issued in July 2011. Chen Yin, deputy mayor of Shanghai, said



Renault and Jeep Diesel Cars Are ‘Biggest Culprits for Toxic Fumes’

Wednesday

More than 270 diesel cars were tested to find out which have the highest emissions Diesel cars made by Renault and Jeep are the biggest culprits emitting the most toxic fumes into Britain's air, according to a study by Which? Cars from leading manufacturers around the world were tested by the consumer group for their levels of deadly nitrogen oxide emissions. The results showed huge variations across the industry with Which? warning that car



Google Downgraded After YouTube Advertising Boycott Over Brand 'Concerns'

Wednesday

Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser on Monday downgraded his rating on the shares of Google parent Alphabet, citing negative recent headlines in Britain. As reported, last month it emerged that big-name advertisers, including car-maker Jaguar Land Rover and media and information firm Thomson Reuters, suspended or limited their U.K. digital advertising spending following a report in The Times, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, that said that their ads have appeared on hate



FDA Rejects AstraZeneca Hyperkalaemia Drug Again

Wednesday

UK pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca Plc (LON:AZN) said on Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration has refused to approve for the second time the hyperkalaemia medicine ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate) for manufacturing reasons. Hyperkalaemia is a condition of high potassium levels in the body caused by metabolic, heart or kidney diseases. According to AstraZeneca, it occurs in between 23% and 47% of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure. The



20,000 Pounds of Wal-Mart Pizza Recalled For Possible Listeria

Wednesday

Vernon, California-based RBR Meat Company, Inc. recalled 21,220 pounds of frozen pizza product due to possible listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Wal-Mart owned Marketside pizza was sold in 11 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to Larry Vanden Bos, vice president of Rose & Shore, a company within the same facility as RBR . Wal-Mart has withdrawn