Labeling—What Does It All Mean?
Consumer product labeling is often misleading. If a product is sold and its safety is not known, federal regulation requires specific labeling with the following statement: "WARNING: The safety of this product has not been determined."
Marketing materials should not be misleading, inaccurate, or "use only as intended," or contain a disclaimer, servicing information, or contact information.
In summary, the process of developing a safe product carries with it a commitment for cost at each stage of development. The cost of designing a new product usually includes safety hazard analysis, tooling, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, product liability, and extra hired expertise as needed to assure a safe product. The cost of an unsafe product can and often is more expensive in the long run. These costs are also bad for business. They are as follows:
- • Loss of credibility
- • Cost of recalls
- • Loss of vendors
- • Loss of customers
- • Retooling cost
- • Remanufacturing cost
- • Decreased profits
- • Cost of legal expertise
- • Cost of technical expertise
This could be avoided by initial development of a safe product.
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