OptiMediaLabs https://news.optimedialabs.com Latest Label Industry News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:41:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 A closer look at ‘biopesticides’https://news.optimedialabs.com/a-closer-look-at-biopesticides/ https://news.optimedialabs.com/a-closer-look-at-biopesticides/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:41:40 +0000 https://news.optimedialabs.com/a-closer-look-at-biopesticides/ Biopesticides¬†are a specific class of pesticide recognized by the EPA.

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Biopesticides use natural elements to fight insects.

Pesticide labels contain multiple pieces of information separating the product into specific categories. When using such chemicals, it's important to know exactly which pest the user is trying to protect against and how to combat it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) features a list on its website of some of the different kinds of pesticides available.

One major distinction the source lists is the difference between chemical pesticides and biopesticides. As the names would imply, the former consist of synthetic chemical ingredients, while the latter are composed of natural, organic elements.

While biopesticides can include chemicals too, they are usually available in nature: the site uses the example of insect pheromones. Another example of organic material that can be used for pesticides is plants. An entire subcategory, Plant-Incorporated-Protectorants, harvest substances from plants that have been engineered to produce pesticide materials on their own.

The EPA maintains a database of active biopesticide ingredients for different uses. Some are best suited for traps, while others can be dispersed around the home. Hydrogenated Catmint Oil, which protects against insect bites, can even be applied directly to human skin.

For all types of pesticides, application instructions may be listed alongside ingredients. In an article for the Gainesville Times, Michael Wheeler references the importance of application rates on pesticide labels.

"The manufacturer will detail the specific rates to use based on the type of grass and plants you are trying to grow and the type of pests you need to control," he writes. "Following label rates not only protects the environment, but protects you from creating problems later down the road."

Companies that need GHS labeling solutions for industrial or consumer-facing chemicals should invest in printers that will work perfectly with the speed and demand of chemical label needs. OptiMedia Labs stocks multiple options, including the Primera CX1000 Digital Color Label Printer. The CX1000 has 2400 dpi resolution and Pantone-approved color control, as well as the ability to print more than 16 feet of labels per minute.

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What will candy labels look like under proposed FDA rules?https://news.optimedialabs.com/what-will-candy-labels-look-like-under-proposed-fda-rules/ https://news.optimedialabs.com/what-will-candy-labels-look-like-under-proposed-fda-rules/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:35:05 +0000 https://news.optimedialabs.com/what-will-candy-labels-look-like-under-proposed-fda-rules/ A recent FDA proposal gives some hints towards what future candy labels might look like.

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Sugar labels might contain age-specific daily values in the future.

This blog has frequently commented on the need for candy companies to comply with government labeling mandates, which could include alterations to a package to make room for new information. Sugar content has become a major concern for manufacturers recently and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changes to the rules surrounding sugar labeling on food packaging.

Among these changes is the creation of a daily value for sugar intake aimed at different age groups. For children between one and three years old, the daily value is 25 grams, while those aged four and older are allowed twice as much.

Under these nascent regulations, special footnotes could be used for even younger children, and the phrase "Total Sugars" could be used on labels instead of just "Sugars" to describe food content. Commenters have until October 13 to reply to the proposal, though they can only discuss certain highlighted issues.

In a US News and World Report article about the proposal, David Katz states that the increased FDA attention towards added sugar is a significant part of this new proposed action.

"To some extent, the true value of the FDA proposal may depend on the agency's capacity to keep the relevant definitions fully current as food industry elements engage in their customary efforts to weave around regulatory constraints," he writes. He also references additives that "blur the dividing line between 'added' and intrinsic sugar," such as fruit concentrate.

Complying with new changes to food and beverage labels requires printers that are flexible enough to create customized solutions. The Primera LX900 is one example of a reliable candy label printer because it allows the user to make choices that distinguish their product and fit industry norms at the same time.

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