Warning Labels

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    Growing Demand for More Honest Labels and Healthier Products

    There have been a lot of issues pertaining to health-related claims made on product labeling. Many consumers have argued that companies, thanks, in part, to loose regulation policies, are able to limit the amount of information they include on packaging to shoppers, which impacts their ability to make informed decisions. Some have said that the lack of transparency is resulting in people purchasing products that actually have the opposite effect of what they hope for when they buy them. By urging companies and policymakers to improve their labeling laws and guidelines, people hope that they will be better educated and able to make smarter choices.

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  • Government is being asked to require health warning labels on sugary drinks.

    States Say Sugar Warnings Needed for Consumer Health

    Amidst the growing controversy of fair food and product labeling practices, policymakers are getting another push to update regulations and guidelines, only this time it's not from confused consumers or advocacy groups; it's from scientists, doctors and dentists.

    The hot topic in question pertains to the negative impact sugar-sweetened drinks can have on health and whether or not such products should have a warning label. Bodies of nutritional science research have found a strong correlation between sugar intake and diseases such as type-2 diabetes and obesit

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  • Misinterpreting expiration labels could be contributing to food waste in America.

    Clarifying Expiration Labels May Reduce Food Waste Given the amount of food-related illness outbreaks this year, it's no surprise many consumers are especially cautious about checking the expiration dates listed on food labels.

    Most consumers are becoming more attentive to the foods they eat, not just because they fear food-borne sickness, but also because they want to lead a healthy life, which means purchasing "real," whole foods. However, usually these fresh vegetables and produce have shorter shelf-lives. If a consumer suspects a product has exceed its expiration date, naturally, he throws it away

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  • Capitalizing on Child Safety & Protection Month

    How Will Your Business Participate?

    November is Child Safety & Protection Month, which is an especially big event for the average product manufacturer who targets younger consumers. Although child safety labels are required on any objects that might present a risk to kids throughout the year, the observance of this awareness month will act as an opportunity for companies to go above and beyond the call of duty to gain more trust from their target markets.

    Because this observance also takes place in the busiest shopping month of the year, manufacturers and retailers will want to get moving on their child safety protection labels as soon as possible to get them out before Black Friday.

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  • Fire Awareness Week is 10/4 to 10/10

    The Importance of Fire Safety

    Fire Awareness Week runs from October 4 through October 10, and companies can ensure that they are observing this event properly by putting an extra effort into educating their employees and customers through engaging strategies. According to the National Fire Protection Association, billions of dollars are lost to fires in the United States annually, and the damages incurred relate back to a range of factors.

    The agency argued that $329 billion dollars in total losses were accrued in 2011 alone, and pointed out that this is more than 2 percent of gross domestic product in the United States.

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  • Undeclared Allergens Still a Leading Reason for Recalls
    If you took a random sample of recent food product recalls issued by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, chances are good that a significant percentage of them would pertain to undeclared allergens.

    The dangers of allergic reactions are well-documented, specifically those that occur in response to the eight major allergens: milk, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. In fact, the most extreme form of reaction, anaphylaxis, is described by the National Library of Medicine's Medical Encyclopedia as "severe" and "life-threatening.

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  • Tightening Up Toxicity Warning Standards for Stickers and Labels
    Often, issues pertaining to the content of product labels involve companies presenting their products in a falsely positive light. For example, businesses may fail to include important information such as the presence of allergens or inaccurately represent their products by making unsubstantiated claims - for instance, asserting that the items offer health benefits that haven't been proven. Recently, however, a California assemblyman set out to address a situation that has resulted in some companies unnecessarily branding their products as toxic - in other words, casting their wares in a negative light when they shouldn't actually have to.

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  • California State Senator Rallies Behind Healthy Label Legislation
    Inspired by the labels on cigarettes that alert consumers about the dangers of smoking, California State Senator Bill Monning is pushing for the inclusion of similar warnings on the packaging of soft drinks and other sugary beverages.

    Monning's crusade began last year, when he introduced Senate Bill 1000 to mandate the inclusion of such labels on soda, sweetened tea, sports drinks and energy drinks. His goal was to ensure shoppers were aware that these types of beverages can contribute to certain health problems. After being passed by the State Senate, the proposed legislation was halted by the State Assembly Health Committee, but the Carmel Democrat was undeterred.

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  • Improved Product Packaging Labels for Marijuana May Help Reduce Accidental Ingestion

    According to The Denver Post, new research from the Colorado School of Public Health and Children's Hospital suggests the number of cases of accidental marijuana ingestion in Colorado could be reduced by 45 percent if state regulators required the substance be sold with childproof product packaging labels.

    Researchers based their findings on data collected after regulations were enacted to require child-resistant packaging for aspirin and other similar medications, the newspaper explained.

    "Everything should be leaving dispensaries in approved child-resistant packaging," Assistant Professor Gregory Tung, a co-author of the research report, told The Post.

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  • Labels on Food Products May Stop Children from Choking

    Choking incidents among children have decreased in recent decades due to warning signs on toys, but some doctors are urging for choking warning labels on food products as well. According to CNN, a recent study from researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine found safety labels on food may prevent injuries. The study examined emergency room visits involving choking incidents among children from 2001 to 2009, noting that an average of 34 children under the age of 15 were treated each day for food-related choking. 

    Some Food Products May Receive Hazard Warning Labels

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