Mike Gentine, former counsel with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), discussed the impact of the government shutdown on how companies handle product recalls without CPSC oversight. Although companies can launch their own recalls, there is concern that some companies may be reluctant to take action, leaving potentially harmful products out in the market.
“I’d be concerned about some of the hazards that could be out there,” Mike said.
The CPSC publicizes recalls to help alert consumers broadly and discourages companies from issuing “silent recalls” that do not draw enough attention to a recall.
“I hope this doesn’t put [companies] in a position where they think they have to wait,” Mike said.
When the government reopens, long-term effects from the shutdown are still expected as regulators work through a backlog of risky product notices.
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