Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • Extra Strength Tylenol to Lower Maximum Daily Dosage to Stem Overdoses

    To help curb accidental overdoses, Johnson & Johnson has reduced the maximum daily dosage on its Extra Strength Tylenol. Beginning this fall, the labels will reflect the changes, with the maximum daily dose decreased from eight pills per day to six, or from 4,000 milligrams to 3,000 milligrams.

    Regular strength Tylenol and other pain relievers that contain acetaminophen will also see decreases in recommended daily doses, The Associated Press reports. Acetaminophen is one of the most widely taken medications in the country, and the most active ingredient in prescription drugs such as Percocet and Vicoden. It is also found in Nyquil and Sudafed and can be taken to ease a multitude of aches and pains.

    "But people taking multiple medicines at once don't always realize how much acetaminophen they are ingesting, partly because prescription drug labels often list it under the abbreviation 'APAP,'" according to the source. "Two years ago, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration called for sweeping restrictions to prevent accidental fatal overdoses of acetaminophen."

    In the same vein, steroid medications will soon feature stronger warning labels, as it was recently revealed that they could cause irreversible eye damage.

  • Chinese Furniture Store Passes Off Products as Italian

    In Shanghai, China, the DaVinci furniture stores have been cited for falsely advertising their products, the New York Times reports.

    Customers of the DaVinci stores consist of extremely wealthy individuals that may pay tens of thousands of dollars for living room and bedroom sets. While the company claims the furniture is made from unique leathers that are imported from Italy, some of the Italian-made labels on these products have been found to be erroneous.

    According the Media of the People's Republic of China, some of the furniture from DaVinci was made in a factory in southern China — not Italy — the news source reports. "DaVinci plays a trick of mixing pearl and fish eye together, so we customers paid for pearl but got fish eye," a disgruntled DaVinci customer told the media outlet.

    In 2009, Italian furniture made up approximately 6 percent of all Chinese furniture imports, according to China Customs. But given recent developments, this statistic may be a bit lower.

    When purchasing a product, it's always a good practice to stick with government or industry-approved labels.

  • Consumers May Be Willing To Pay More for Animal Welfare Food Labels

    Activist groups are asking for an overwhelming number of labels on food products of late. Added to the list of labeling requests for eggs was a note indicating how the animal was treated, and now consumers are indicating a wish to see a similar route taken for meat products.

    According to Kansas State University, some consumers may be more willing to cough up the extra cash to pay for labeling that informs them of how an animal was treated before it ended up at market, The Daily Herd reported. The study, conducted in 2008, found 61.7 percent of respondents would pay greater fees for labels on pork and egg products indicating the treatment of hens.

    "The analysis suggests there may be significant support by consumers for mandatory labeling of production practices impacting animal welfare," said Kansas State University assistant professor Glynn Tonsor, who along with Michigan State University professor Christopher Wolf conducted the study, the source reported.

    Some experts are critical of such labeling initiatives. Time Magazine recently ran a photo mocking a proposed egg labeling effort, featuring a carton with labels such as, "Laid by: A chicken who was feeling so-so at the time."

  • New Sunscreen Label Guidelines Target UVA Rays

    Following years of analysis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its newest guidelines on sunscreen labeling, the Midland Daily News reports.

    Although it's a good source of vitamin D, if a person is out in the sun for too long, he or she can be exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation which may result in premature aging and skin cancer.

    Prior to the FDA's re-submission of its sunscreen guidelines, customers were only informed of the protection the lotion offered them from ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), which left them completely in the dark on its ability to protect them from ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. The new FDA guidelines mandate that sunscreen labels must include whether or not the product protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

    "This new information will help consumers know which products offer the best protection from the harmful rays of the sun," Lydia Velazquez, a doctor of pharmacy for the FDA, said. "It is important for consumers to read the entire label, both front and back, in order to choose the appropriate sunscreen for their needs."

    Customers interested in purchasing sunscreen with these new guidelines should look for the label "broad-spectrum" on the product.

  • 10% Off Custom Label & Sticker Orders Placed Online, Use Coupon Code Summer11

    Summer Sale Ends Aug 31, Certain Exclusions* Apply

    If you have been thinking about placing an order with us — or any custom label printer, for that matter — now's the time to do it! To celebrate  what many consider Colorado's finest season, which may not pertain to winter sports enthusiasts, Lightning Labels is having a Summer Sale! We'll give you 10% off any order you place online with us through August 31. All you have to do is use the coupon code Summer11 when ordering through our website, www.lightninglabels.com. Our Summer Sale isn't limited to custom label orders, either. You can get the discount on high-quality, custom printed stickers and adhesive window decals, too. The offer also applies to regular skiers, snowboarders, and other people addicted to winter sports, ahem. Moving on from that lame joke ... seriously, I understand that if you have been shopping around for custom printed labels and don't know where to start or who to order from, the process can be confusing. Especially if this is your first time placing an order like this. So if getting a fantastic deal deal during our Summer Sale isn't enough to convince you to order from us, here are just a few of the many reasons you should order from Lightning Labels in time to receive your 10% discount. Like now, so you don't forget.

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  • Don't Be Fooled by Cosmetic Labels

    If a customer buys a body lotion and believes it will moisturize and rejuvenate her skin just because the label on it says it will, she may be severely misguided.

    The question becomes: Why is a company lying to customers about its product? Put plainly, it's because it has the right to do so. Skin care products, including shampoo and soap labels, are some of the least-commonly regulated products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports.

    The FDA does, in fact, have a part in regulating certain aspects of cosmetics, such as the ingredients listed, name of the product, net weight and manufacturer. Because a soap company, for instance, is only required to mention what the product is, it can add any additional adjectives it desires.

    By this standard, Dove can claim that one of its products rejuvenates the growth of skin cells, but in actuality it may be no different than a standard airport bathroom soap that simply states it kills germs. 

  • New Study Says Calorie Labeling Laws Positively Affect Eating Habits

    Experts have debated for months the impact of calorie labeling on fast food restaurant menus and whether the labels change consumers' eating habits.

    However, research recently published in the British Medical Journal and funded by New York City and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that New York City's 2008 calorie labeling law actually impacts customer's buying habits. Specifically, consumers who ate at McDonald's, Au Bon Pain and KFC made alterations to their choices, Reuters reported.

    Researchers believe that once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes national with its calorie labeling initiative, requiring all restaurant chains with 20 or more locations to label nutritional information on menus, consumers will lower their intake of unhealthy foods.

    "We're optimistic, as calorie labels go national, and consumers become accustomed to using the information, that chains will have a strong incentive to offer lower calorie options," Dr. Lynn Silver, director of New York City's Office of Science and Policy and co-author of the report, told the source.

    Under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the government is mandated to launch efforts to stem the obesity rate across the country. 

  • Future Food Labels May Take a Color-Coded or Minimalist Approach

    The University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism has launched a project aiming to improve food labels by redesigning them. The school has generated dozens of labels that will likely be examined by the Food and Drug Administration, which is already in the process of examining the food labels already in existence, The New York Times reported.

    "We asked food thinkers and design minds to come together and give advice on how they might rethink the food label and bring some insight into how design impacts choice," said Lily Mihalik, co-creator of the project and a fellow of News 21, which is a journalism fellowship supported by the Carnegie and Knight Foundations, the source reported.

    Some of the labels feature color-coded grading systems, providing foods with A's, B's, C's, D's and F's based on their nutritional value. Others are minimal, with clear lettering and color coding.

    Across the board, more activist groups are working to stem the obesity rate in the country. A study recently revealed that calorie labeling laws, slated to roll out soon at national restaurants, may dramatically affect consumers' fast food eating habits.

  • New Label Causes Pure's Shares to Spike

    Pure Bioscience is a biotech company that provides non-toxic remedies to public health issues, according to the organization's website.

    The company recently received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to expand the list of organisms on its product labels destroyed by its hard surface cleaner, SignOn San Diego reports.

    This cleaner is one of Pure's staples. The spray disinfects a plethora of organisms commonly found on hard surfaces and can now stake a claim to effectively sterilizing Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

    Michael Krall, president and chief executive officer of Pure, suggested that the new label on his company's spray product sets the bar for the playing field.

    "The EPA's validation of the new claims for Pure Hard Surface puts it far above the competition when it comes to efficacy and low toxicity," he told the news source. "We're moving forward with registration of the new label in all 50 states."

    Upon it gaining approval from the EPA for the new label, Pure's shares rose approximately 20 percent, according to the news source. 

  • Steroids May Permanently Impair Vision, Experts Press for Warnings

    Experts are calling for stronger warning labels on a variety of steroids in an effort to advise consumers of the possible vision dangers associated with them.

    Glucocorticosteroid drugs such as prednisone, which is taken by more than 25 million Americans to treat cancer, arthritis and transplants, may lead to a rare but irreversible vision impairment, according to a doctor at the University of Michigan and the consumer organization Public Citizen, USA Today reported. The condition is known as chorioretinopathy and distorts vision, and is widely unheard of by doctors, the source noted.

    "Central serous retinopathy, a condition in which fluid accumulates and distorts the part of the retina necessary for fine (high acuity) vision, is a rare but sometimes irreversible complication of the use of glucocorticosteroids," Jonathan Trobe, professor of opthamology and neurology at the university said, according to The PharmaLetter. "This side effect is currently not well-known to physicians. For that reason, it should be more prominently displayed as a warning on the labels of these drugs."

    Of more than a dozen steroids manufacturers, just two listed the possible side effect on their drug labels, USA Today said

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Material Descriptions

Materials

BIOSTONE

One of our eco-friendly options that is actually made of stone—no trees are used. This material should not laminated.

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

Artwork Specifications

Laminates

High Gloss

High gloss is our most popular laminate. It is the least expensive option and provides protection for the label and a high gloss shiny finish.

Matte

The Matte Laminate provides your label with a dull, non-glossy finish. Some customers consider this achieves a more "natural" look.

Thermal Transfer

This is a gloss laminate that is designed to work with most over-printing thermal transfer printers. We do recommend you get samples first to test through your own printer before placing an order with this laminate.

UV Outdoor Gloss

As the name implies this is best used for labels that will be used outdoors. It has a high gloss finish with excellent UV resistance. It is best paired with our vinyl material for the most durable outdoor label.