Monthly Archives: May 2015

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    What Does the 'Organic' Label Really Mean?
    Whenever consumers go food shopping, they come face to face with a visual barrage of product labels that provide information about everything from the geographic origin of an item to what it does - and does not - contain.

    Over the past decade or so, organic products have gained considerable traction among a public that has steadily become more health-conscious. Since 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture has regulated the use of the word "organic" on stickers and labels, requiring goods to adhere to specific guidelines related to soil quality, additive usage, pest and weed control practices, animal care and more.

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  • Promote Allergy Relief With Product LabelsBottle Labels Touting Allergy Relief Especially Sought After This Year

    There are many great things about the onset of summer, but the rising pollen counts that send people hurrying to the nearest drugstore to scour medicine bottle labels for the promise of allergy relief isn't one of them.

    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the prevalence of seasonal allergies to pollen from grasses, trees and weeds is increasing among the American population. What's more, according to Dr. David Samadi, a medical correspondent for Fox News' Medical A-Team, the harsh, long winter that afflicted many areas of the country this year is an unwanted gift that keeps on giving for allergy sufferers.

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  • Personalized Stickers Help Promote Summer CampCustom Stickers Can Help Get the Word Out About Summer Camp

    School's out for summer - or soon will be - and that means camp is in the near future for many youngsters who are ready to promote their summer plans with custom stickers.

    According to the American Camp Association, the United States is home to more than 7,000 overnight camps and 5,000 day camps, a number that increased by 21 percent between 2002 and 2013. The ACA's Sites, Facilities, Programs Report identified campers' top activities as recreational swimming and other aquatic activities, arts and crafts, challenges/ropes and archery, but many also enjoy horseback riding, climbing, farming, gardening, wilderness trips and community service.

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  • GMO Labels: A Source of Ongoing Controversy
    Concerns about genetically modified foods have run rampant over the past few years. Some researchers have raised alarm about risks to human health that range from allergies and digestive issues to birth defects and cancer. Meanwhile, environmentalists have voiced their own worries about the staying power of crops and weeds modified to be resistant to regular herbicides. However, other studies claim that GMOs are safe, including those conducted on behalf of the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association.

    Given the level of controversy over GMOs and the number of headlines related to the subject, it makes sense that many members of the public would be wary of consuming genetically modified food.

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  • Custom Roll Stickers Promote Your BusinessRoll on the Era of Roll Stickers for Your Business

    There was probably a period in your company's history when sheet labels met your needs and you didn't think roll stickers were necessary. At that time, you didn't mind peeling off stickers one by one because you used them in such small quantities. That being said, there comes a certain point in a business' life cycle when it makes sense to leave sheet labels behind and switch to roll labels instead. Human beings are naturally averse to change and tend to stick to what they know, but the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of roll labels speak for themselves.

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  • Recall Ordered Following Discovery of Undeclared Active Ingredients
    Mucinex is thousands of people's go-to medicine when they need to alleviate coughing and congestion. However, a recent product label mix-up means some of the bottles may end up being more harmful than the afflictions their contents are intended to cure.

    Reckitt Benckiser Group, the manufacturer that makes Mucinex, recently ordered a recall of approximately 1.5 million bottles after a mislabeling issue came to light involving the information about drug interactions, side effects and active ingredients listed on their labels.

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  • Get Ready for Farmers Market Season With DIY Product LabelsCustom Labels Set Your Products Apart at the Farmers Market

    Spring is the season of melting snow, rising temperatures, blooming flowers and the eagerly anticipated return of farmers markets after the long, cold winter. Farmers, bakers, craftspeople and other artisans planning to sell their wares at these markets know there will be stiff competition for shoppers' attention, and custom labels may help them gain an edge in this respect. People who visit farmers markets have so many booths to check out and things to look at, you'd be surprised how something as small as eye-catching product labels can really make a difference.

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  • Calories May Be Overstated on Some Food Labels, Experts Assert
    Nutrition information labels are go-to sources for people on restricted diets, individuals who are trying to lose or gain weight, shoppers looking to eat healthy and consumers who are simply interested in knowing more about the food they eat. However, some experts, notably nutrition scientist David Baer of the Department of Agriculture, believe the calorie-counting system most commonly used to determine the information included on product labels may be inaccurate, The New York Times reported.

    Specifically, as the Times detailed, the energy provided to the body by the protein and fiber in food may be significantly overstated on labels, with numbers up to 25 percent higher than they should be.

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  • National Bike Month Safety StickersInclude Safety Warnings on Bike Product Labels

    May is National Bike Month, which means there's no time like the present to promote bike safety via product labels on the vehicles themselves, as well as adding the stickers to accompanying accessories.

    National Bike Month has been held every year since 1956 and includes events such as Bike to Work Week and Bike to School Day. With event sponsor the League of American Bicyclists and numerous local bike shops and organizations gearing up to draw attention to the various benefits of biking, it's important to pair these encouraging messages with safety warnings.

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  • In April, a number of label-related product recalls were in the news, one of which involved a big name: Starbucks.

    Beef and Pork Products from Corn Maiden Foods
    Harbor City, California-based Corn Maiden Foods recalled approximately 15,600 pounds of its beef brisket taquitos, pork tamales and pork Yucatan products following the discovery that soy protein had not been listed on the items' labels. The beef and pork products, which were shipped to hotels, institutional locations and restaurants in California, pose a threat to people with soy allergies. The mislabeling issue was uncovered by in-plant personnel from the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service while they were in the process of discovering routine verification activities.

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