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Tec Labs to cooperate with FDA over product’s MRSA claims

BY Michael Johnsen

ALBANY, Ore. — In response to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter, Tec Labs announced on Thursday that the company plans to work with the agency regarding its StaphAseptic first-aid antiseptic and pain-relieving gel.

The FDA on Wednesday issued a total of four warning letters, including the one to Tec Labs, to companies that manufacture and market products claiming to prevent infection from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA.

“Tec Labs has remained in good standing with the FDA for 30 years, ensuring the products they manufacture and market meet the regulations appropriate for their category,” the company stated in a release. “Acting in complete agreement that MRSA prevention claims should be clear, accurate and proven based on established regulations, the company will take steps necessary to meet the agency’s primary concern for public health and safety.”

The FDA has provided letter recipients 15 working days from April 18 to respond to the letter.

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FiberChoice promotes healthy living on Twitter

BY Allison Cerra

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — FiberChoice is encouraging Americans to make healthy decisions and lifestyle changes with a new Twitter campaign.

Now through May 19, the brand is asking consumers to tweet their healthy choices — as it relates to nutrition, fitness or overall lifestyle — by using the #MYCHOICE hashtag and @reply FiberChoice. FiberChoice said it will sponsor one healthy choice each day through its sweepstakes and at the end of the campaign, award a grand-prize spa vacation.

Follow FiberChoice on Twitter and learn more about the Choices for Better Health sweepstakes.

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Fresh & Easy gets green

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Just in time for Earth Day, Fresh & Easy has introduced its private-label household cleaning and paper products.

The retailer’s Green Things line, which now is available in stores, features household cleaners that are made with plant-based formulas, are biodegradable and pH-neutral, and also are made without such chemicals as 1,4-dioxane, phosphates, dyes or perfumes.

Green Things also includes paper products that are made from 100% recycled paper (with a minimum of 80% post-consumer content), and are packaged in a plastic film that degrades in just 18 months.

"We set out to develop Green Things as an affordable range of environmentally friendly household cleaner and paper products that are sure to get the job done right," said John Burry, Fresh & Easy’s chief commercial officer. "Like all Fresh & Easy products, our customers know Green Things is a range of quality products they can trust."

Fresh & Easy Green Things household cleaners lineup includes:

  • Ultra dish liquid (grapefruit and pear) in a 25 fl.-oz. size for $1.99;

  • All purpose cleaner, 22 fl.-oz. size for $2.49;

  • Window and glass cleaner, 22 fl.-oz. size for $2.49;

  • Toilet bowl cleaner, 24 fl.-oz. size for $2.49;

  • Automatic dish gel, 40 fl.-oz. size for $3.49; and

  • Laundry detergent (lavender and lemongrass), 100 fl.-oz. size for $8.99.

Fresh & Easy Green Things paper products now available in stores include:

  • Bath tissue, four-roll count for $2.79;

  • Bath tissue, 12-roll count for $6.99;

  • Paper towels, single roll for $1.79;

  • Paper towels six-roll count for $4.99;

  • Napkins, 200 count for $1.59; and

  • Facial tissue cube, 85 count, $1.29.

 

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