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‘Chuggington Icy Escapades’ arriving on DVD this fall

BY Allison Cerra

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Anchor Bay Entertainment is gearing up to launch its latest "Chuggington" DVD this fall.

"Icy Escapades," the "Chuggington" DVD installment, is a new collection of winter adventures that includes six episodes: "Chilly Chuggers," "Snowstruck Wilson," "Wilson’s Icy Escapade," "Heave-Ho Harrison," "Hodge Sails Away" and "Rolling Reporter Wilson."

"We’re thrilled to help families celebrate the season together — Chuggington-style! — with this latest release," Anchor Bay Enterainment executive director of brand marketing Erin Carter said. "Filled with winter-themed fun and important life lessons, ‘Icy Escapades’ is sure to be a hit with families at the holidays and all year long."

"Chuggington Icy Escapades" will make its retail debut on Oct. 30.

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BPA banned from baby bottles, sippy cups

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced in the Federal Register that it has banned bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups, following a request to revise the rule made by the American Chemistry Council in October 2011.

"Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food contact materials, confusion about whether BPA is used in baby bottles and sippy cups had become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators," stated Steven Hentges, of the polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC. "FDA action on this request now provides certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future."

BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. The consensus of government agencies across the world is that BPA is safe for use in food contact materials, including those intended for infants and toddlers. State legislative and regulatory actions across the country had contributed to confusion about whether baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the United States contain BPA. In fact, manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups announced several years ago that due to consumer preference, they had stopped using BPA in these products.

BPA is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. The FDA had questioned the safety of BPA in products for children in a report published in 2010.

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Study to explore retail crime potential of new point-of-sale technology

BY Alaric DeArment

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Researchers at the University of Arkansas’s business school are looking into the potential for criminals to exploit new retail technologies like mobile coupons and touchless payment, the university said Tuesday.

The researchers, from the university’s Walton College of Business, will work with the Retail Industry Leaders Association to address risks associated with the new technologies.

"Retailers are quickly adapting to customers who are increasingly wired, self-sufficient and seeking convenience," associate professor of supply chain management John Aloysius said. "Given the retail focus of the Walton College, we look forward to discovering what this impact will be and to helping our industry partners."

The researchers will compile study findings in a report and then build a risk-assessment checklist that retailers can use at stores to mitigate risks related to theft.

"We need to get out in front of this emerging trend now to position ourselves so that we can proactively address the challenges that lie ahead, rather than reacting to challenges once these emerging point-of-sale technologies become the norm," RILA VP loss prevention and legal affairs Lisa LaBruno said.

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