Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

August 19, 2018

The heart medicine, Valsartan, was recently pulled from U.S. pharmacies, as well as those in other countries like Germany, Canada, France, and Sweden.

The Chinese supplier, ZHP, issued a recall notice in July after finding traces of a dangerous carcinogen in substances supplied for the production of Valsartan.  China’s Food and Drug Administration said that it screened all Chinese suppliers of the Valsartan ingredients to mitigate further problems.

This incident follows other recent recalls of Chinese-made vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus (DPT) and rabies.


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This post is based on the CNN article, Chinese company recalls tainted heart medicine from stores worldwide, by Ben Wescott and Yong Xiong, July 30, 2018; and the YouTube videos, Valsartan: FDA recalls common heart drug, joins 22 other countries, by ABC Action News, July 16, 2018, and FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications due to potential cancer Continue reading

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Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

August 13, 2018

The artificial nose, developed by French company Aryballe Technologies, can help manufacturers with quality control and new product development.  This bio-optic smell sensor tests the flavor and fragrance of food.

Human noses will still be needed, but this technology adds efficiency.  In product development, when testing how food aromas change over time, it provides clear points of reference, which is difficult for a human to do.  Testing foods for consistency during the manufacturing process can be assisted with this device as well.


Video spotlightAryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD


This post is based on the Food Navigator article and video, Aryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD, by Niamh Michail, August 2, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock.

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1. How can this new technology benefit manufacturers and play a role in quality control?

Guidance: From raw material sourcing to finished goods, the artificial nose can help ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  This is referred to as quality of conformance.  Manufacturers need to make sure that each batch of product conforms to the specifications developed in the prototype.  Flavor is one component Continue reading

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