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FDA issues tools to improve cosmetics and food safety practices

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration has announced the release of new tools to further improve the security of food and cosmetics.

“The tools FDA is providing will help members of the food and cosmetic industry identify opportunities to better guard against intentional contamination of their products,” stated David Acheson, acting director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The tools are companion pieces designed to make previously issued industry guidance documents more user-friendly and practical. In 2003, the FDA issued the Food and Cosmetic Security Preventive Measures Guidance documents. These documents are aimed at operators of food and cosmetic establishments, as well as businesses that produce, process, store, repack, relabel, distribute, sell or transport foods, food ingredients and cosmetics, to help minimize the risk of malicious, criminal or terrorist actions involving products under their control.

The FDA has repackaged the information found in the guidance documents and created a corresponding self-assessment tool for each document. By using the tools, industry members can get a quick and detailed assessment of the measures they currently have in place. The idea is it makes it easy to see where meaningful improvements to their current practices can be made.

How it works: the tool asks the participant to mark the presence of a variety of protection measures with a Y (Yes), N (No), N/A (Not Applicable) or Don’t Know for each item.

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Study sees DermaLastyl reduce crow’s feet

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK DermaPlus has announced that a third-party study found that participants who used its DermaLastyl anti-age skin cream had up to a 45 percent reduction in crow’s feet.

“Thirty-five subjects with visibly fine lines around the eye area participated in a 12-week study using our DermaLastyl anti-aging cream. The study was performed under the supervision of Dr. Steven Lamm, the ?house doctor’ on ?The View’ TV show,” stated Dr. Burt Ensley, chief executive officer of DermaPlus. “They were provided with a supply of the DermaLastyl along with instructions for use and were then image with a VISIA CR 2-D Digital Imaging Booth and a PRIMOS 3-D Profilometry Optical Imaging system by Canfield Scientific.”

A copy of the study is available to interested parties, the company stated.

DermaLastyl contains the human protein, Elastatropin, a synthetic form of natural elastin. According to the company, elastin, the second most abundant protein in the skin, is responsible for the elasticity of skin and organs, and its degradation is a well-known cause of wrinkles.

DermaLastyl is currently sold only online at www.dermalastyl.com but will be expanded to retail and department stores in the coming months.

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JICC releases new coupon system aimed at improving efficiency

BY Tara Smith

WASHINGTON The Joint Industry Coupon Committee of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute today announced the release of specifications for a new coupon system. The new guidelines, the result of a five-year coupon reengineering project by the JICC and GSI US, offer solutions to challenges encountered by manufacturers and retailers with the current 22-year-old system.

The implementation of the new system will take place over a period of two years with manufacturers taking the first step of printing the new data bar alongside the original U.P.C.—a bar code on their coupons. Changes to the face of coupons will be noticeable as early as Jan. 1, 2008. The U.P.C. bar code will be fully retired in 2010 when all retailers will scan the GSI DataBar.

“The GSI DataBar coupon implementation will provide consumers, manufacturers and retailers expanded, accurate and efficient offer-capability in printed form on a broader range of products,” said JICC co-chair Alan Williams, vice president of applications development at the Ahold Information Services division of Ahold USA.

The Application Guidelines are available through GMA, FMI and GSI US.

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