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Bagels recalled in Midwest after allergen scare

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Multiple possible allergens were found in bagels distributed in several midwestern states, according to a recent release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Several products under the umbrella of Bimbo Bakeries USA are being recalled since it was discovered that they may contain peanuts or almonds. This doubles the potential risk to allergy sufferers and makes labeling items correctly even more important to prevent injury for any affected individuals.

The release notes that the recall was announced because an ingredient used to make the bagels contained the offending additives. While there have been no reports of illness, the allergens could be present in three different brands: Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel. The statement stresses that only the flavors listed, which include Everything, Onion, Cinnamon and Whole Wheat, are affected by the recall.

Another factor making a recall a necessary action is the number of states that the bagels are present in, such as Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. All of the products bear the Bakery Code 30088 and a "Best By" date between February 10 and 14, identifiers that the Administration highlights to make identifying these products easier.

As with many recalls, this situation shows the importance of putting ingredients in an easy-to-read area on any product, or leaving space for information to be added as needed. The lines of text and company logos used should be placed so there's enough room to accommodate all of the other lines of necessary information.

Whichever label is most appropriate for your product lines, a good approach for businesses is to find a professional label printer to make critical information stand out. Warnings that pertain to specific ingredients can be highlighted on packaging that is produced in-house, giving your company the opportunity to ensure customers stay informed.

Valentine’s Day brings chocolate and wine label opportunities

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Candy producers have an annual challenge to meet on Valentine's Day, when chocolates, sweets and wines are often top-sellers. Businesses can use industrial label printers that can make enough labels to meet increased demand, and design them to appeal to shoppers who are likely to be looking for both items at once.

Writing for the New York Times, Eric Asimov suggests ways that different chocolates and wines can be paired together. It's a question that creators can anticipate and respond to by putting information that influences the corresponding tastes together. For wine, this consists of important fundamental details like the grape types and place of origin, and for chocolate, the percentage of cacao.

After trying various pairings himself, Asimov concluded that, although composition changes the effects, there are certain things that consumers should always look for in a wine to match with chocolate.

"Regardless of the chocolate itself, the wines that go with it best share two particular characteristics: They are intensely sweet, and they have good acidity, a quality that, despite the sweetness, lifts the wine and refreshes the palate, leaving you ready and eager to eat even more chocolate," he writes.

Another source, Scott Greenberg of WTOP suggests that the best wines for chocolate will be sweeter than their sugary counterparts. He recommends various forms of chocolate including brownies, cake and chocolate-covered strawberries. Each type of food has a different pairing, with some of the suggested wines hailing from popular wine regions like Sonoma County in California and Piedmont, Italy.

Whether you produce wine, chocolate or some other popular Valentine's staple, advertising the connection straight on the food labels will give consumers an added reason to prefer your brand when they are out shopping for seasonal treats.