Bytes and pieces: News you can use

  • Baldrige: The 2013-14 Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence have been released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Food safety: Nestle has recalled Kit Kat Chunky Bars after several customers in Britain discovered pieces of plastic in 48-gram bars of the peanut butter, hazelnut, chocolate fudge, and caramel flavors.
  • Gauging Quality: This video presentation produced by Quality Digest offers suggestions about managing gage histories, and features GAGEpack as a solution to this measurement systems management.
  • International conference:Quality and Safety in Healthcare,” an international forum sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the BMJ Publishing Group, will take place this month in London.
  • Saving from furlough: Tim Clark suggests that government agencies could avoid furloughs of employees by focusing on ways to improve the quality of services and processes in their agencies.