Monthly Archives: July 2013

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    Fake Safety Warning Labels Cause Trouble for U.S. Importer

    Judge Fines Company for Counterfeit Safety Warning Labels 

    A U.S. company recently lost a legal battle with the federal government over importing products with fake safety warning labels. According to the Wood Working Network, GuildMaster's company president plead guilty to using counterfeit safety Underwriters Laboratories certification labels on lamps produced in China. A total of 5,018 lamps had the fake certification. For faking the safety certificate, the company is now under a five-year term of probation.

    To receive the UL certification, Wood Working Network reported the product must meet federal safety requirements and undergo a safety testing by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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  • 4 Tips for Making Jammin' Jar Labels

    Custom Jar Labels Are A Fun Way to Draw Attention to Products

    strawberries for custom jar labels Business leaders and home-crafters can create attention-grabbing custom jar labels in an easy, fun and affordable way.
    Whether you've been making and selling preserves for years or you're just trying your hand at a new potential hobby, custom jar labels are a great way to flaunt your creations. Summer is a popular time for preserve-, jam- and jelly-makers, as tons of berries and pitted fruits are in season and ready to be turned into delicious toast-toppers. Custom labels can boast the great flavors your jarred products contai Continue reading
  • Water is Not Organic: Australian Commission Advises Companies to Alter Water Bottle Labels

    ACCC Says Water Bottle Labels Cannot Claim to be Organic

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently announced water cannot be organic and companies must change their water bottle labels. According to The Guardian, seven brands are now under ACCC scrutiny for misleading consumers into purchasing products believed to be organic.

    The ACCC classifies organic products as not being produced using artificial fertilizer, chemicals or pesticides as well as receiving no food additives or processing aids. For a manufacturer or business to label an item as organic, it must comply with ACCC standards.

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  • Caution: Unsafe for Pregnant Women? Health Advocates Urge for Custom Warning Labels on Alcohol

    Custom Warning Labels Cause Debate in New Zealand

    While New Zealand lawmakers still have until July 2014 to make a decision about custom warning labels on alcohol products, many health advocates are calling for a final rule to come sooner. According to The New Zealand Herald, alcohol manufacturers are voluntarily placing warning labels on their wine, beer and spirit products, but health groups are saying it may not be fast enough. The groups cite concerns over educating young pregnant women about the adverse effects of alcohol on fetal development.

    In 2011, the New Zealand government began examining if there was a need to institute an official regulation regarding alcohol safety warning labels.

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  • Meat Manufacturers Sue USDA Over New Rule on Food Product Labels

    New Meat Food Product Labels Requirement Causes Animosity

    Due to the country-of-origin labeling requirement recently coming into effect, meat groups have entered into a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the new food product labels. According to The Associated Press, industry groups filed a lawsuit against the USDA claiming the country-of-origin condition is not necessary to public health.

    While the USDA said the labeling requirement, known as COOL, is beneficial to consumers, the American Meat Institute, a trade group for the meat industry, said the new provision will cause adverse effects for farmers, packers and processors

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  • Prepare Preserves for National Peach Month with Custom Jar Labels

    Custom Jar Labels Are The Perfect Addition to National Peach Month Celebrations

    Denver, CO, (July 16, 2013) - Lightning Labels, custom label and sticker printing leader, is encouraging farmers and manufacturers to upgrade their marketing tactics with custom jar labels that celebrate National Peach Month. One of the best parts of summertime is the lush variety of produce that's in season. One fruit in particular, the peach, gets extra attention during the month of August, and makers of jams, jellies, preserves and other fruit-based jarred products can take advantage of National Peach Month as a marketing opportunity to revamp their product label

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  • Cheap Custom Stickers Go Digital In Japan

    Technology Association Creates Cheap Custom Stickers With Digital Component 

    Japan's NMEMS technology research association recently introduced a new sensor innovation using cheap custom stickers. According to GEEK, the stickers are only 1 mm thick and may see widespread adoption as a detection device. At less than $10 each, the stickers are inexpensive enough for companies to stay within budgets while still implementing high-quality sensor technology. 

    Custom Digital Labels Display Sensor Innovation 
    GEEK reported the custom digital labels can track environmental conditions in buildings, such as dust and CO2 levels, as well as generate extra power on an internal wireless network

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  • Custom Stickers as Fine Art? Underground Sticker Gallery Embraced by Art Community

    UGLY Uses Custom Stickers in Art Campaign

    An art gallery is using custom stickers in a unique way - in a promotional campaign. According to The Artery, an art community site, the UGLY (U Gotta Love Yourself) gallery has adopted an initiative that uses stickers to showcase graffiti and fine art. The program displays altered stickers, many of which were free from U.S. post offices, either by themselves or in groups. The Artery reported the original art show's stickers are being embraced by the art community as a new way to display beauty.

    The UGLY Gallery created the USPS, or U Send Postal Stickers, campaign as a fundraising method but also to display hip-hop culture next to the fine art world

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  • A Hoodie-Free Zone: Australian Police Place Window Decals on Storefronts

    Retailers Hope Window Decals Will Reduce Violence 

    Southwest Australian merchants have employed window decals on their storefronts to try decreasing the number of robberies in the area. According to Australian news source The Satellite, police announced parts of the country as hood-free areas and have launched a window sticker campaign to help retailers ask customers to drop their sweatshirt hoods.

    The anti-hood initiative resulted from merchants seeing thieves enter the building using their sweatshirt hoods to conceal their identities. The Australian reported hoodie bans have already decreased the number of armed robberies in the area of Wynnum, which saw a 30 percent drop in burglaries among participating retailers

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  • FDA Proposes New Rule for Safety Warning Labels on Generic Drugs

    Separate Guidelines On the Way for Generic Drug Safety Warning Labels

    After urging from consumer advocates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on track to issue a new guideline for separate safety warning labels on generic drugs. According to The New York Times, current legislation requires generic drug manufacturers to use the same safety labels as their name-brand counterparts.

    Although generic drugs may differ from the brand-name product in certain respects, generic drug makers cannot change their safety labels until the brand and the FDA agree the label should be altered. According to the FDA, the proposed guideline would allow generic drug manufacturers to propose labeling changes as well, creating separate labels for the products

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