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How Safe is Locally Grown Food?

TASA ID: 1926

How safe is "locally grown" food?  Who is responsible for the safety of locally grown food?  What food safety guidelines or regulations are in place to guide food processors that sell food locally? Are local merchants or retail grocery chains liable for sourcing food that is locally grown by suppliers with inadequate systems? Those are the questions surrounding the phenomenon of "locally grown" food that litigators will seek answers to in a court of law.

Investigating Product Failure: Understanding the Development of a New Product

TASA ID: 79

Unlike Athena, a new product does not spring, fully formed, from the brow of the Vice President of Marketing. Most likely it arrives prematurely and requires heroic efforts just to survive.  Usually, but not always, its problems and weaknesses will have been resolved by the time it's released for sale:  The operative phrase being "Usually, but not always."

Human Factors Focus on Warnings, Part l: Labels, Signs, and Tags

TASA ID: 568

Failure to warn has become a common cause of action in products liability and tort litigation. Over the past 15 years, much scientific research has been conducted on the subjects of warning design and effectiveness.  As discussed here, a warning is a label, sign, or tag used to communicate hazard information. (Note: Part II, a sequel, will discuss visual and auditory warning devices and alarms.)  The purpose of a warning is to modify human behavior and ensure safety compliance, i.e. to give the worker or user an opportunity to avoid harm.
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