Songe to be showcased at Los Angeles awards shows
LOS ANGELES Songe Skincare has announced its launch in Los Angeles as it gears up to be showcased at several leading entertainment events throughout 2008 including The Golden Globe Awards, The Oscars and The Emmys.
The skin care line is made from natural products in Australia and designed in Los Angeles by entertainment graphic designer and skin care enthusiast David Nordlund.
Songe products are designed to cleanse, purify and restore the skin. The line is available in three fragrances: Cranberry Mint, Lemongrass Lime and Ginger, and Rockmelon. The line includes bath and body foam, body scrub, body milk lotion, shea butter rich body souffle and hand creme. Prices range between $15 and $21.
FDA issues tools to improve cosmetics and food safety practices
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.
JICC releases new coupon system aimed at improving efficiency
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.