Which ironmaker’s products are the safest?
The federal government is asking all steelmakers to submit their products to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing.
The FDA has been reviewing a number of existing ironmaking products, including the products of Iron & Sons Ltd., which makes steel and is the largest maker of ironworking equipment in Canada.
According to an announcement Tuesday, Iron & Son is also testing a range of steel-cutting equipment, including tools, drills, welding tools, and equipment to process scrap metal.
The agency has already ordered Iron &Son to stop using the devices in the U.S. The products have not yet been tested by the agency, but the FDA has said that it plans to look into the company’s compliance with safety standards.
Iron & Sons said in a statement that the company “continues to be committed to safety” and has taken steps to “ensure our equipment is safe and meets our regulatory requirements.”
The company said it is “extremely concerned” about the proposed testing.
Iron Sacks and Iron Tools, a subsidiary of Ironworks Ltd., also make products for the U-Haul, but their products are not part of the proposed tests.
In its statement, Iron Sacks said it “does not believe that this testing is warranted because we have been in compliance with all applicable safety and quality requirements” since the start of the production line.
The Federal Trade Commission has been in contact with the company about the matter, but it’s not clear whether the commission has reached out to Iron Sashes directly.