Product Definitions

Malt

Malt

Malt is a food product that results when barley and certain other grains are specially treated. In the United States and Canada, beer makers use 95 percent of the malt that is produced. It is also used in distilling, and as a source of flavor or aroma in a variety…

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Liquid Air

Liquid Air

Liquid air is a product made by greatly reducing the temperature of air until it turns into a fluid. Air becomes liquid at about –195 °C. The liquid is bluish and looks like water. Liquid air, like the air we breathe, consists of about 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen,…

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Deodorant

Deodorant

Deodorant is a consumer product or an ingredient designed to reduce, prevent, or cover up unpleasant body odors. Most external body odor occurs when bacteria react with perspiration and secretions on the skin. Perspiration itself has no odor. Deodorants generally contain chemicals that stop bacteria growth. Many contain a fragrance…

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Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the market value of all final goods and services produced in a country during a given period. GDP is one of the most widely used measures of a nation’s total economic performance in a single year. In economics, goods are items that people value. They…

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Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency of the United States government. It works to protect consumers from unsafe products that can cause illness, injury, or death. The commission promotes the development of voluntary safety standards by manufacturers. It also establishes and enforces uniform federal safety standards for the…

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Forest Products

Forest Products

Forest products have long provided people with food, shelter, clothing, and fuel. Prehistoric people ate berries and nuts that grew in forests. They built shelters from the branches of trees and wore clothing made of plant materials. About 11/2 million years ago, they began using wood as a fuel to…

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Product Recall

Product Recall

Product recall is the business practice of calling back faulty consumer products. A company that manufactures or sells a product that is defective or potentially dangerous to consumers has a legal responsibility to take corrective action. This action may include removing the product from store shelves and contacting consumers who…

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Product Liability Suit

Product Liability Suit

Product liability suit is a legal action brought against a business accused of placing a defective or unreasonably dangerous product on the market. In most cases, the plaintiff claims to have been harmed by a product made or sold by the defendant. Product liability may be based on manufacturing or…

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