Perrigo launches new gluten-free labeling initiative
ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Monday announced it will implement a new labeling program to help consumers more clearly identify more than 200 of the company’s over-the-counter store-brand medicines that are gluten-free, starting in January 2010.
“Our retail customers can continue to rely on Perrigo to pinpoint and act on consumer trends,” stated Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa. “This includes the growing list of individuals who need to know whether or not a product is gluten-free.”
The new initiative will include all of Perrigo’s best-selling categories, including pain relievers, cold-and-allergy and antacids. The company already has more than 200 dietary supplements that are part of a similar labeling program.
To support the gluten-free labeling initiative, Perrigo has instituted a gluten-free assurance program. Perrigo’s program is based on the acceptable thresholds of gluten (less than 20 parts per million) identified by the Food and Drug Administration for the food industry. It is comprised of a gluten testing methodology for raw materials and products, as well as ongoing quality assurance for ingredient and formula changes.
Perrigo initiated the labeling program specifically in response to an increasing market demand for gluten-free products.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is estimated that in the United States, 1-in7 people have a gluten intolerance, and three million people suffer from celiac disease – a condition where it is medically necessary to consume only food and medicines that are gluten-free.
Walgreens gets in the holiday spirit
Walgreens is promoting general merchandise and personal care products with its ‘Big Joy. Little Prices’ campaign.
The campaign is a way for Walgreens to drive sales by promoting everyday, front-end items ranging from shampoo to diapers.
Unilever recalls Slim-Fast RTD products
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever on Thursday announced a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a microorganism that can cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting.
The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote, the company noted.
The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans that are 11 Fl. oz. (325 mL) each. Individual cans are also sold in certain retail outlets. The recall involves all Slim-Fast RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number.
No other Slim-Fast products are affected by this recall.
The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers’ homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.