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Product Liability

Product liability can be defined as the manufacturer's, producer's, or service provider's obligation to accept responsibility for defects in their products or services. Faulty products may result in personal injury or damage to property, in which case product liability may result in the payment of compensation to the purchaser. Product liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

However, the legal obligation (i.e., laws and regulations) differs greatly between countries and the manufacturer, producer, or service provider to pay financial compensation. This financial compensation may be very difficult to obtain for any harm caused by a product brought to market to a consumer who had the right to expect that the product was safe to use as bought; a similar obligation of one who sells such a product.

ECI works very closely with the legal community and understands the significant differences in manufacturing/processes that would potentially cause harm for use of a product. ECI has worked closely with a number of companies to ensure product safety from products made internationally, specifically manufactured in and shipped from China.

ECI has assembled a team of experts specializing in terrorism and emergency response, bio-safety & bio-security, as well as risk management and security and vulnerability assessments for the food & beverage processing industry. New regulations contained under the Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Regulations 6 CFR 27 was issued in December of 2006. The Interim Final Rule was published on April 9, 2007-Federal Register: April 9, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 67), Rules and Regulations, Page 17687-17745. ECI has personnel to address all compliance requirements of this new and important regulation.

In addition, ECI has assembled a team to provide supply chain food safety and security from The People’s Republic of China (mainland China). ECI has personnel in numerous cities in China with Science and Food Technology experience including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations/guidance. These personnel coupled with experienced investigators and due diligence experts allow ECI to thoroughly track/investigate the supply chain for human and pet consumption products or raw materials used in US food/beverage processing.

Imported products from China ranging from toys, to infant formula, pet food, toothpaste, tires, and dry wall have all made the news in the recent past few years. ECI has worked closely with a number of companies to address the health impacts and to investigate what manufacturing process went wrong to create such health issues. ECI has experts in ceramics (i.e., gypsum, dry wall component), lead paint (i.e., toys issues), and food safety and security (i.e., human and animal health issues) regarding the processing or manufacturing and use of these imported products.

ECI is aware that many farm products from China are introduced daily to the United Sates food supply. ECI personnel have been in United States based cold storage facilities where tons of peas, broccoli, and cauliflower from China are stored prior to shipping to grocery store shelves. ECI personnel have viewed acres of farmland and seaway frontage in China contaminated by heavy metals where rice was grown and shrimp raised for human consumption. Environmental uptake of chemicals in these farm products may create substantial human health risks. ECI personnel understand these issues and are available to assist your company.

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