Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Catheter Recall Drains Supply

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a Class I recall for a catheter marketed by Arrow International, Medical News reported.

    The company is a subsidiary of Teleflex, which primarily designs, develops, manufactures and supplies single-use medical devices used by hospitals and healthcare providers for common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in critical care and surgical applications.

    The FDA stated that the Multi-Lumen Venous Catheterization Set with Blue FlexTip ARROWg+ard Catheter contains chlorhexidine and silver sulfadiazine, which are not included on the product's label. People who are allergic or sensitive to chlorhexidine and silver sulfadiazine and are exposed to the product could break out in a rash or hives, or endure anaphylaxis.

    On May 3, 2012, Arrow International asked their distributors to quarantine the affected products so a proper label could be issued to them. The most recent announcement by the FDA moved the recall notice up to Class I status. This means that such products have a reasonable risk of causing adverse health complications or death upon use.

    The affected products were manufactured from June 28, 2010, to March 4, 2012. They were distributed from December 9, 2010, to February 29, 2012.

  • Rigid Packaging Demand Will See Smooth Sailing

    The global demand for rigid packaging is expected to reach $472 billion by 2016, according to a study put forth by The Freedonia Group, Packaging Digest reported.

    Food and beverages packages are the largest markets for rigid packaging, accounting for 64 percent of the total demand for the product in 2011. The group expects there to be significant gains in rigid packaging in the plastic bottles and food-grade materials segments. The packaging news predicts demand in pharmaceutical applications will increase rigid packages in the industry due to the rise in recent manufacturing capabilities, the source reported.

    Rigid packaging will increase more in developing regions, with the Asia-Pacific region expected to capture the fastest growth and remain the world's largest market. The study estimates that China alone will account for 46 percent of the global value gains from rigid packaging between 2011 and 2016.

    In North America, companies are beginning to make moves to better position themselves in the rigid packaging market. Canada-based Premier Tech recently acquired vonGAL Corporation, headquartered in Alabama, to prepare for the increased demand in the rigid packaging industry, Food Production daily reported.

    The company hopes to double its business in the next five years, the source said.

  • Meat Label Meets New Requirements

    According to Food Safety News, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is going to investigate claims made on certain meat packaging labels, including the phrase "antibiotics free."

    The Consumers Union recently raised concerns about how antibiotics are used to raise animals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the FSIS has updated guidance materials that will be sent to meat packing companies, and the agency will look into claims made on the labels.

    "Under FSIS guidelines, when producers/companies request to make the marketing claim 'raised without antibiotics' on their labels, we inform them that this means 'no antibiotics in their feed water or injection including no ionophores' during the animal's life," Vilsack said, the source reported.

    Another claim under question is "no antiobiotic residues," which is found on a number of meat packages. Although the wording may suggest that the animal didn't receive antibiotics, that's not necessarily true. The animal could have been administered antibiotics throughout its life and then taken off the drugs before being sent for slaughter, which would limit the amount of remaining residue in the final product for human consumption.

    Vilsack said these types of claims may have to be more specific. For example, rather than "no antibiotic residues," the label would read "raised without antibiotics the last 120 days prior to finish."

  • Product Label Photo Contest Huge Success

    The response to our 2012 Photo Contest was outstanding. Our customers submitted hundreds of photographs of their best product labels. This was one tough competition, to say the least. And the winners are ...

    1st Place - $1,000 Winner David Lawrence of Joshua Tree Products

    2nd Place - $500 Winner Mari Dart of Suuthe by Mari

    3rd Place - $250 Winner Lars Ringsrud of Snowdrift Cider Co.

    Joshua Tree Product's first place photo is pictured above. To view all three winning product label photos, please visit our website. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the contest, including our judges. Continue reading

  • Hormel Hungry For More Packaging Reductions

    In its latest environmental sustainability endeavor, Hormel foods announced that it surpassed water reduction, packaging and solid waste minimization goals ending in 2011 and has made more goals for 2020.

    In five years Hormel Foods reduced packaging by 21.8 million pounds and reduced water consumption by 15 percent.

    In its latest announcement in packaging news, the company planned to reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020. Hormel also set the goal to reduce water and solid waste by 10 percent each.

    "The last five years have been rewarding, as we achieved significant reductions on several key sustainability metrics; challenging, as we reported data that had not previously been calculated; and enlightening, as the process provided an opportunity for us to take a fresh look at long established policies and procedures," said Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO at Hormel Foods.

    The company also released its 2011 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report. This is Hormel's fifth report detailing social and environmental performance. The next report will be released in 2013.

  • Office Depot Greener with First EcoSense Label, Smaller Stores

    An Office Depot in Portland, Oregon, will be the first store in the country to sell electronic merchandise bearing the EcoSense label.

    The new label has gold, silver and bronze rating systems based on an array of environmental criteria factoring the entire life cycle of the product. EcoSense is a brand extension of the Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), which allows consumers to judge environmental impacts of products against each other, in addition to cost and performance.

    Portland's Office Depots are also getting greener with a new, smaller store layout. The new set up helps shoppers save time and reduces the corporations energy expenditure.

    "By creating smaller stores we're reducing our retail footprint, our energy footprint and our carbon footprint," said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of Environmental Strategy at Office Depot. "In Portland, we are also helping customers reduce their environmental footprints by providing them with greener choices that are more readily accessible, including EcoSense. This store represents a new model for consumer engagement on sustainability."

    Apple announced earlier this month that it would forgo the EPEAT labels for its new MacBook products, but the company quickly reversed its decision in part due to customer backlash.

  • See The 'Beef' With Tyson Chicken Labels

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that Tony Downs Foods Company, located in Madelia, Minnesota, is recalling nearly 70,500 pounds of chunk chicken due to mislabeling and a non-declared food allergen. The product under recall is 12.5-oz cans of Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken.

    According to Meat & Poultry, 24 cans of the chunk chicken product actually contained beef with gravy. The beef product contains wheat, a known allergen, that was not declared on the canned chicken label. The products were distributed nationwide and were produced on May 18, 2012. Tyson said that 14 of the 24 cans have been recovered, but as a precautionary measure, it will recall all the Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken produced on that day.

    The company received complaints about the product being incorrectly labeled, leading to the recall. Neither the FSIS nor the company have received any reports of incidents of the wheat flour causing illness in any consumers. The FSIS contacts firms, notifying them that they need to issue a recall and makes sure the steps are properly take in order to do so.

    Consumers concerned about the recall are encouraged to contact Tyson for further details.

  • ADHD Medication Takes New Warning Label

    Strattera, an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication (ADHD), recently received a new safety warning label from the Food and Drug Administration.

    The warning label states that individuals with severe heart conditions should avoid taking the medication because it could increase heart rate and blood pressure.

    The FDA reviewed the drug and found that 5 to 10 percent of children and adults had increased blood pressure and heart rates while on the medication, DailyRX reported. The FDA decided the increases were significant enough to be deemed clinically important, requiring a warning about these changes to people with severe heart conditions.

    Although heart rate and blood pressure increases were listed as side effects to Strattera, the new label warns of a 15 to 20 point change in blood pressure or a 20 beat per minute change in heart rate could be harmful if the user has a heart condition, the source reported.

    "Call your doctor right away if you or your child/teenager has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Strattera,"reads the important safety information on the Strattera website. "Sudden death has been reported in patients who have heart problems or heart defects. There have also been reports of stroke, heart attack, and increased blood pressure and heart rate."

  • Mislabeled Salmon Products Reeled In

    Interior Alaska Fish Processors from Fairbanks, Alaska, is recalling nearly 700 pounds of mislabeled smoked salmon sold from its retail store in Fairbanks during the last two months, News Miner reported.

    The store issued the voluntary recall for Santa's Smokehouse gourmet smoked salmon because labels on some of the packages advised consumers to keep the product refrigerated, not frozen. The fish is supposed to be refrigerated right before eating to prevent botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, the source reported.

    "This product was to be sold frozen due to its possible lower salt content," the store said in a press release. "Low salt content smoked salmon product that is vacuum sealed can be subject to the growth of clostridium botulinum if contaminated prior to vacuum sealing."

    Quality Food World is also recalling smoked salmon products. Its Olive Branch Smoked Salmon Dairy Free dip or spread contains egg-based mayonnaise, but eggs were not listed in the ingredients on the label, Nine News reported.

    The company said consumers with an egg allergy or intolerance could have a reaction if the food was consumed. The products were distributed to food grocers in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

  • Food Safety and Security Leader Opens Up With Packaging Importance

    Sealed Air recently presented at the 2nd World Packaging Forum, organized by the China Packaging Federation. The company stressed the importance of food safety and security, along with the need to assess the impact of food waste and product damage when assessing the packaging industry's overall sustainability.

    Speaking on behalf of Sealed Air and AMERIPEN, an american trade organization that educates and advocates for efficient and environmental, Ronald Cotterman, vice president Sealed Air, spoke of the importance of innovative package and collaborations between groups like AMERIPEN and the China Packaging Federation.

    Cotterman highlighted packaging news that reduced waste and greater security for food manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

    "As part of our SmartLife(TM) initiative at Sealed Air, we look to offer packaging solutions that maximize protection while reducing costs and environmental impacts through the entire supply chain," Cotterman said. "One way we do this is through life cycle analysis, which looks beyond the package and considers the entire value chain and the broader life cycle of a product, which involves sourcing, distribution, use and even disposal. Most importantly, we consider the impact of product damage or food waste."

    Other key topics discussed at the forum were the global need to increase food as populations increase and how to distribute food throughout the world efficiently, nutritiously, safely and sustainably.

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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.