The BRC and its members introduce Codes of Practice to further enhance the safety of children’s halloween costumes

London, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC and its members have introduced two voluntary Codes of Practice which exceed the current testing standard, to further enhance the safety of children’s dress-up costumes.

The terrible accident involving Claudia Winkleman’s daughter in 2014 and the subsequent media coverage focussed attention on what were seen as failings to the existing Toy Safety Standard for the flammability of children’s dress-up costumes. Against this backdrop, the BRC and its members agreed the need for a more robust flammability test and worked together with UK laboratories to develop one that could be adopted quickly and ensure that products sold were safer.

The resulting BRC test standard for flammability, endorsed by RoSPA, The National Fire Chiefs Council, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Children’s Burns Trust, has since been reinforced with the more stringent requirement of a maximum burn rate of 10mm/minute – an improvement of 300 per cent over the existing 30mm/minute standard. This is just one of the many stricter requirements introduced in the last 12 months.

David Bolton, Head of Product Safety at the BRC said:

“We have led the way in developing guidance and tools to help all companies, not just our members, test products to a standard above current regulations to give their customers the reassurances they rightly demand. First introduced in 2016, we continue to review and refine it to ensure it is robust and add to a company’s own due diligence process. We have also been working with BSI to encourage Europe to adopt our standard.

“Whilst this is a valuable tool for all companies, we are still recommending that the UK Government and EU authorities revisit the legislation to ensure all products on the market are effectively regulated to reflect the hazards presented by today’s style of costumes, including the fabrics and finishes used.”

Paul M Fuller CBE QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We fully endorse the two Codes of Practice developed by the BRC and its members, which go further than the mandatory regulations in putting children’s welfare and safety first.  Retailers have considered the potential risk and vulnerability of children and rightly made the voluntary decision to go beyond the current testing standard to ensure the dress-up products they sell are safer.”

Ken Dunn BSc FRCS (Lond) FRCS (plast) FRCS (ed), Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon.  Medical Trustee, Children’s Burns Trust said:

“The number of incidents of burns involving clothing, for example a child’s fancy-dress costume, is thankfully relatively low – but when it does happen it is catastrophic. We continue to support the work of the Government and the BSI (British Standard Institute) in increasing the flammability standards of children’s clothes in particular and are grateful to the British Retail Consortium for the developments in their Code of Practice.”

  • The two BRC voluntary Codes of Practice are:

Method of Test for the Flammability Safety of Children’s Dress-Up

Additional Flammability Labelling of Children’s Dress-Up

  • Dress-up clothes are defined in European Law (Toy Safety Directive) as a “Toy”. As such, there are a suite of standards (EN 71) that are used whereby compliance with the standard can be used to demonstrate that a toy is safe. For dress-up flammability, this standard is called “EN71-2”.

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Babies“R”Us® to educate families about baby safety this September

Portion of Proceeds From All Car Seats Sold at Babies”R”Us in September to Benefit Safe Kids Worldwide

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first big “test” of parenthood is often not even the birth, but the drive home from the hospital. That moment when a parent realizes they’re going home, alone, with their baby – and the nurses and experts aren’t coming with them. To help moms and dads breathe a sigh of relief, Babies“R”Us®, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide™, is dedicating September’s Baby Safety Month to educating families about baby safety – taking them from that first drive home in a brand-new car seat to a safe night’s sleep (that hopefully includes some actual sleep).

  • Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S.
  • Nearly 9 million children are being treated for injuries in U.S. emergency departments every year.
  • Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

Each week in September, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will offer parents information and tips on topics like car seat safety, safe sleep environments, in-home childproofing and bath time. And with every consumer already asking about the fan-favorite Great Trade-In event, the company is kicking things off with a twist. Customers shopping at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide or online at can take advantage of the same great discount – 25% off all car seats* beginning Friday, September 1 through Sunday, October 1 – without having to lug around and trade in old gear. Customers can also take advantage of 10% discount offers on select safety items each week at stores nationwide and online at

Members of the company’s loyalty program can get early access to this special deal beginning Sunday, August 27, by providing their Rewards“R”Us® card number during checkout. Plus, Babies“R”Us will donate 5% of proceeds (up to $500,000) of each car seat sold during the month of September to Safe Kids Worldwide to help protect kids from preventable injuries.

Additionally, on Saturday, September 9, select Babies“R”Us stores will host “Ask the Car Seat Expert” events, during which representatives from Safe Kids Worldwide will offer personalized recommendations on the right type of car seat based on a child’s age, weight and height. Customers can find out about the weekly events going on at their local store at

To learn more about Baby Safety Month at Babies“R”Us, visit the company’s corporate blog, No Assembly Required.

*Some exclusions may apply. Baby Jogger, Bob, Clek, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, Mifold, Peg Perego and Quinny car seats, as well as car seat bases are excluded from this deal.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

X-Surveillances introduces the new DS300, PTT-Handheld Body Camera

The Hague, Netherlands, 2017-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Body Cameras will be an indispensable device to encourage and enforce better practices by police forces in addition to increasing accountability for all who use them. They will also add protection and ensure candid interactions with the members of public.

The consequences are all too familiar in those unfortunate instances when public servants such as police officers are being recorded by the public on the job. More often than not, these recordings do not show the full picture as they tend to have started recording too late and can be damaging if taken out of context. Furthermore, research has shown that by introducing body cameras, forces in the UK and US have recorded a 93% drop in complaints made against them by the public.

Evidence suggests that body cameras will be an essential part of future police forces, security and other personnel that would value their introduction. The same research suggests that the cameras act as a preventive mechanism, triggering behavioural changes that “cool down” unpredictable encounters. Professionals operating in the field would welcome a body camera that would improve their jobs.

Through research, X-Systems has developed a product that security professionals and public servants alike will want to use. They have based their design on an already familiar device, the PTT devices that are the norm and has turned them into a body camera. Training is not needed to operate and they are compatible with all major PTT manufacturers.

The X-Surveillance DS300 is a Push to Talk Handheld body camera that doubles as a PTT handheld speaker/ microphone, minimising the need for additional equipment in an already heavy uniform. For the occasional problematic interaction, recording can begin by pressing a simple button on the opposite end of the talk button.

The X-Surveillance has been developed by X-Systems in The Netherlands together with a number of security experts throughout Europe. The devices are compliant to the most fundamental requests of both wearers, civilians, governments and corporations that take privacy seriously. The body camera is compliant with data protection regulations and the data is only accessible by an officer and control centre software. All recording come with Officer ID, date/ time and GPS location stamps that provide comprehensive data on all recordings.

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SOURCE: EuropaWire

H&M Group signs The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety for another 3-year period

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is essential in the work to improve the Bangladeshi garment factories. Since fire and building safety is extremely important to us and we want to continue to play an active role, we re-signed the Accord for yet another 3-year period on June 29th.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are convinced of the positive impact of the work being done within the Accord and that it will reach its long-term aim: to make the textile industry in Bangladesh safer. We see continuous progress, but to further speed up the work and to be able to work on a wider level together with a joint force to reach the whole textile industry in Bangladesh, the work within the Accord is important. We will continue working closely together with IndustriALL to use our combined leverage where needed.

The new Accord agreement will be applicable from June 2018 and continues to consist of a broad coalition of international buyers, trade unions and factories, addressing fire and building safety in the ready-made-garment industry in Bangladesh. It will also continue to add on to our existing sustainability program and strict requirements on our suppliers. One addition in the new agreement is the promotion of freedom of association, another that trade unions are now included in the health and safety trainings.

The remediation work on fire safety in textile factories in Bangladesh is continuously showing progress. The new additional requirements from the Accord are gradually solved at more factories. Please visit the Accord web site or at the H&M web site to see detailed information on the progress.

Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

BRC Global Standards and Rentokil Initial partnership to drive best practice and Standards in the food safety industry

London, 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards and Rentokil Initial are delighted to announce a strategic partnership that sees both organisations continuous commitment to help its customers mitigate their risks throughout the food industry.

BRC Global Standards strategic focus is to continually innovate and demonstrate best practice for customers and partners whilst maintaining its position as the largest GFSI approved food safety Standards certification scheme.

The strategic partnership enables the ongoing collaboration and development of new initiatives aimed at supporting the goals of BRC Global Standards and Rentokil Initial through the creation and adoption of new products, services, industry best practice and Standards.

Mark Proctor CEO at BRC Global Standards, said: “We are very pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Rentokil. We see a significant opportunity to help our respective customers adopt best practice and benefit from two of the best solutions providers in the food safety industry. We are excited about the opportunities this partnership presents to help drive best practice and continual improvement for our customers”.

Notes to Editors

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 25,000 suppliers in over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offers comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

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Netatmo Security cameras, the smartest way to protect the house, roll out across the US in 800 Home Depot Stores

FRANCE, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netatmo Security cameras, the smartest way to protect the house, roll out across the US in 800 Home Depot Stores.

As more than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States, Americans are increasingly concerned about the security of their home. Thanks to their Artificial Intelligence algorithms, Netatmo indoor and outdoor security cameras Welcome and Presence, understand what’s happening in and around the home and alert the user in case of intrusion.

Netatmo, a revolutionary smart home company developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics, expands the distribution of Welcome and Presence, their indoor and outdoor security cameras, on

More than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States ending with over $5,000 in stolen property. 85% of police officials believe that home monitoring systems help deter burglary attempts. In this context, 93% of Americans think that having a home security system is necessary. They want solutions for monitoring and protecting their homes.

Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, connected home security devices make precise assessments of suspicious situations, such as detecting a break-in or the outbreak of fire. Unlike conventional security systems, which require human analysis, these Artificial Intelligence algorithms understand what is going on in the home and alert the user in real time, who can then alarm the authorities.

With its Security range, Netatmo offers a comprehensive system for home security.


Homes without security or alarm systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into. Welcome, the indoor security camera with face recognition, is a game changer in the industry. Instead of the usual motion alerts which require to waste time watching footage, Welcome sends a notification saying that an intruder has been detected in the home, complete with a picture of their face and a video footage. The camera notifies the user exactly who is at home, on their smartphone: the neighbor coming to water the plants while the family is away or a burglar.

MSRP: $199


With its breakthrough deep learning algorithm, Presence, the outdoor security camera, detects and reports on people, cars and animals. Placed outside the house, the camera analyses in real-time if someone loiters around the home, a car enters the driveway or a pet is in the yard. Presence understands what it sees and notifies the user with smart notifications if something is detected in the monitored area: “Person seen,” “Car seen” or “Animal seen.”

Presence features an integrated smart floodlight that can detect and scare off any unwanted visitors or light the way when it’s dark. In addition, the spotlight can be manually switched on with the App.

MSRP: $299

About Netatmo

Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Truly smart, Netatmo’s innovative products provide a seamless experience that helps users create a safer, healthier and more comfortable home.

Netatmo carefully designs the mechanics, electronics and embedded software of all its products to the highest standards. Netatmo also creates the mobile and web applications that fully realise their potential.

Since 2012 Netatmo has released thirteen devices and accessories, divided into four categories:

  • Weather – The Personal Weather Station and its accessories, the Additional Module, the Rain Gauge and the Wind Gauge.
  • Energy – The Smart Thermostat and the Smart Radiator Valves, both designed by Philippe Starck.
  • Security – The security cameras Welcome, for indoor, and Presence, for outdoor, and their accessories, the Tags and the Indoor Security Siren, and the Smart Smoke Alarm
  • Air care – Healthy Home Coach, the smart indoor climate monitor

Netatmo is a leading innovator in the smart home industry with products available through a growing network of distributors worldwide, selling to consumers through major retail and B2B channels.

Through its program “with Netatmo”, Netatmo develops connected solutions with leading brands in the building industry to be integrated into residential home infrastructure, whether new-build or renovation.

In November 2015 Netatmo completed a series B funding round of $31 million. The company previously raised $4.7 million in 2013.

FMI and GMA initiate new standard wording on packaging to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

Currently, more than 10 different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By – can result in confused consumers discarding a safe or usable product after the date on the package.

The new voluntary initiative streamlines the myriad date labels on consumer products packaging down to just two standard phrases. “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume. “USE By” applies to the few products that are highly perishable and/or have a food safety concern over time; these products should be consumed by the date listed on the package – and disposed of after that date.

The new initiative for common phrasing is led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the two major trade associations for retailers and consumer products manufacturing.

Retailers and manufacturers are encouraged to immediately begin phasing in the common wording with widespread adoption urged by the summer of 2018. Broad industry adoption of this new voluntary standard will occur over time so companies have flexibility to make the changes in a way that ensures consistency across their product categories.

“Our product code dating initiative is the latest example of how retailers and manufacturers are stepping up to help consumers and to reduce food waste,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO.

“The shopper remains the most critical audience in our industry, and as the associations representing major food brands and retailers, we want to encourage a consistent vocabulary so that our customers clearly understand they are purchasing products that are of the highest quality and safety possible,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “While we all need nourishment, both retailers and manufacturers also want consumers to have the best experience possible in their stores and consuming their products.”

“The customer comes first in our business, and this voluntary industry initiative provides shoppers with clear, easily understood date label information, so our customers can be confident in the product’s quality and safety,” said Joe Colalillo, president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. and chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Food retailers and manufacturers are working towards the common goal of bringing consistency and greater clarity in product date label messaging. We want to ensure our customers have meaningful information that helps them make the best decisions for their families, both in the store when they shop and when they enjoy foods at home.”

“Eliminating confusion for consumers by using common product date wording is a win-win because it means more products will be used instead of thrown away in error,” said Jack Jeffers, Vice President of Quality at Dean Foods, which led GMA’s work on this issue. “It’s much better that these products stay in the kitchen – and out of landfills.”

Product date labeling changes may result in reduced consumer food waste, but clearing up this confusion is just one of several ways to combat the issue moving forward.  About 44 percent of food waste sent to landfills comes from consumers, and statistics show that addressing consumer confusion around product date labeling could reduce total national food waste by just 8 percent.

The food industry has stepped up and made considerable progress in reducing food waste. GMA and FMI joined with the National Restaurant Association in 2011 to create the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, which is helping companies find ways to cut food waste. GMA member companies recycled 97 percent of food waste from operations and donated 156 million pounds of food to food banks in 2015. FMI member companies reported 1.5 billion pounds in diverted food waste, including 390 million pounds of food donated to food banks.

Today’s announcement was praised by a range of companies and groups:

“Research shows that the multitude of date labels that appear on foods today are a source of confusion for many consumers,” said Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health for Walmart.  “As advocates for the customer, we’re delighted with this industry-wide, collaborative initiative that will provide consistency, simplify consumers’ lives, and reduce food waste in homes across America.”

“Clarifying and standardizing date label language is one of the most cost effective ways that we can reduce the 40 percent of food that goes to waste each year in the United States,” said Emily Broad Leib, Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC). “Having worked for several years on this issue, I am thrilled to see GMA and FMI incorporate FLPC’s recommendations and take this critical step towards making date labels clearer, so that consumers can make better decisions and reduce needless waste of food and money.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


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Product recall: Dunkin’ Donuts Glass Tumblers

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Fast Track Recall

Recall Date: January 10, 2017

Recall Number: 17-06617-066

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Dunkin’ Donuts Glass Tumblers

Hazard: The glass tumblers can crack or break, posing laceration and burn hazards.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass tumblers and return them to the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Dunkin’ Donuts at 800-859-5339 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Learn More” next to the safety recall alert for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 8,300

Description: This recall involves 16 ounce glass tumblers for hot and cold beverages, sold in three styles. They are approximately 8 inches tall and approximately 3 inches in diameter. The first style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid and pink plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The second style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid, and orange plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The third style has a black and gray plaid pattern on the inside layer of glass, a black silicone grip with the letters “DD” embossed on it, and a black lid.

Incidents/Injuries: Dunkin’ Donuts has received 19 reports of the glass tumblers cracking or breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Dunkin’ Donuts stores from September 2016 through November 2016 for between $13 and $15

Distributor: Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., of Canton, Mass.

Importer: Moderne Glass, of Aliquippa, Pa.

Manufactured in: China

This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

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Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)

Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

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Product recall: Dunkin’ Donuts Glass Tumblers


Source:  Dunkin’ Donuts

The RideConnected motorcycle communication App now available for free in the iTunes and Google Play Stores

IRVINE, Calif., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth innovation for the motorsports, action sports and outdoor sports lifestyles, has announced today the release of the RideConnected App. The RideConnected App for motorcycle riding will connect multiple riders across the globe through their Sena Bluetooth headsets. Riders may now connect with more riders than ever before through any Sena Bluetooth headset with the RideConnected App.

The RideConnected motorcycle communication App, created for both iOS and Android phones, will be available for free in the iTunes and Google Play Stores. Not only will riders no longer be limited by range, the amount intercom connections between riders are virtually limitless when within LTE range of their mobile carrier. Compatible with all Sena Bluetooth headsets, the RideConnected App offers more freedom than ever. As long as you are connected to WiFi, or a mobile network, you may now communicate over any distance, and with multiple riders.

Set up your own personal profile and navigate through the features of the RideConnected App with ease. Simply create different teams, and invite friends to create their own profile on the App through SMS message, GPS, or by providing them with your unique four-digit code. Users may also use the existing voice prompts of their Sena Bluetooth 4.1 headsets to operate the RideConnected App.

The App will be the first of many added benefits designed for Sena users. Sena is always looking for ways to benefit its loyal community of riders, and improve upon communication and connectivity. The RideConnected App for motorcycle and cycling communication is Sena’s solution to sticky communication situations while on the road.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Product launch: unique patent-pending PTT-Handheld Speaker + Mic combination body camera

Netherlands, 04-Jan-2017 — /EPR Retail News/ — X-Surveillance launched the new, unique, patent-pending body camera DS300, which is a combination of a PTT-Handheld Speaker + Mic. with an incognito body camera. This sounds a mouthful, yet it is a body camera that is designed to replace an existing Push-To-Talk Mic.

With the X-Surveillance DS300 there is no need to place any new device on a uniform. Within just a few minutes an existing PTT Microphone, can be replaced with the DS300 “PTT Handheld Body Camera”.

Introduction of other features
The team of X-Surveillance together with partners throughout the world have designed the DS300 for over two years with the mission to develop a non-provocative, civilian-friendly body camera that can be used without the need to add additional equipment to the already busy equipped uniform of an officer.

Due good research together with law enforcement professionals, the development team of X-Surveillance developed more features, such as; password-encrypted data storage, built-in LED flashlight, real-time GPS coordinates, and full-shift battery life.

As additional to the most important “must-have” safety features; up-to 30 seconds pre-recording, instant automatic infrared recordings, and 1080p video-/ 16MP photo 32GB recordings.

Pre-recording, this ludicrous. But it is a feature that is needed for indisputable proof of what caused a situation. Too often these recordings are started late, and do not accurately represent what actually happened. With the 30 seconds pre-recording, no more false accusations, misconduct, or abuse against officers. Increasing transparency and accountability of officers.

What’s the importance of a body camera?
We have all seen what happens when civilians record officers with their cell phone. Sometimes even unpleasant and provocative. The internet is flooded with videos about it. But the most videos only start from the moment the agents are in battle with the suspect. What preceded it is never shown.

Sadly enough, there have been situations when an officer has to take their own phone to film a confrontational situation, to proof the accountability of officers in duty.

With smartphones and cameras everywhere today, it’s becoming critical for Law Enforcement to have the ability to record their civilian encounters.

And what is easier than replacing a device which is already on the perfect height, with the right-angle for recording confrontational situations. And effortless to use with the already familiar Push-To-Talk button on one side and the Camera-Recording button on the other.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Walgreens installs its drug take-back kiosks at 16 Walgreens drugstores in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie joins Walgreens at today’s launch to help fight prescription drug abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (December 22, 2016) is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program in New Jersey with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at 16 Walgreens drugstores in New Jersey. The launch is part of Walgreens effort, announced earlier this year, to install safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

Walgreens will be joined today by Governor Chris Christie at an East Brunswick store to kick off the drug take-back program in New Jersey.

“Many times, the disease of addiction begins at home in a person’s medicine cabinet, in New Jersey I have made it a priority to target this source by implementing, expanding and promoting programs such as Project Medicine Drop and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program,” said Governor Chris Christie. “Misuse of prescription drugs is a major pathway to addiction, and this safe disposal program will go a long way to eliminating adults’ and children’s accessibility to these dangerous unused drugs.”

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select New Jersey stores, as we have done in other states this year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Kim Treece, Walgreens regional vice president in New Jersey. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 500 Walgreens pharmacies across 43 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 19 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20151.

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, all of Walgreens New Jersey pharmacies can dispense naloxone, a life-saving opioid antidote, without requiring a prescription in accordance with state regulations.

To learn more about Walgreens efforts to combat drug abuse visit

Select New Jersey Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Carlstadt – 637 Hoboken Road
East Brunswick – 421 Ryders Lane
East Orange – 508 Main St.
Elizabeth – 600 Newark Ave.
Elmwood Park – 100 Broadway
Hamilton – 1096 Highway 33
Jersey City – 110 Newark Ave.
Millville – 1111 N. High St.
Neptune – 1905 State Route 33
Parsippany – 200 Baldwin Road, Ste. 200
Pennsauken* – 4601 Westfield Ave.
Perth Amboy – 520 Convery Blvd.
Somerville – 129 Somerset St.
Toms River – 1311 Route 37 W
Union – 2148 Morris Ave.
Waldwick – 72 Crescent Ave.

*Installation complete by December 30, 2016.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes and Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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Phone: 847-315-2962

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Biometric Security for Retail: ImageWare Debuts First Ever Multimodal Biometric Authentication Solution for the Microsoft Ecosystem

Cloud-based Solution Seamlessly Integrates and is Backward Compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —ImageWare Systems, Inc. (ImageWare) (OTCQB: IWSY), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, today introduced GoVerifyID® Enterprise Suite, an innovative, multi-modal, multi-factor biometric authentication solution for the enterprise market. An algorithm-agnostic solution, GoVerify ID Enterprise Suite is the first ever end-to-end biometric platform that seamlessly integrates with an enterprise’s existing Microsoft infrastructure, offering businesses a turnkey biometric solution for quick deployment in an afternoon or less.

“Last year nearly 80 percent of businesses reported a data breach. As the digital workforce expands, with data extended to external stakeholders and across numerous types of devices and systems, the need for high-assurance, enterprise-wide protection has intensified,” said Jim Miller, chairman & CEO of ImageWare. “The traditional security perimeters have changed and executives are being held accountable for safeguarding data against potentially devastating breaches that can tarnish a brand’s reputation. Armed with GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite, corporations have access to a scalable and affordable solution that works with their existing Microsoft infrastructure and gives them the ultimate peace of mind.”

Working across the entire enterprise ecosystem, GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite offers a consistent user experience and centralized administration with the highest level of security, flexibility, and usability. Specific benefits include:

  • Mobile-workforce friendly—With GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite user authentication logins are possible for a tablet or laptop even when disconnected from the corporate network. Additionally, GoVerifyID Enterprise offers a consistent user authentication experience across all login environments.
  • Hybrid cloud—GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is linked from the cloud to an enterprise’s Microsoft infrastructure and is backward compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10. Additionally, because the solution is SaaS-based it can easily scale to process hundreds of millions of transactions and store just as many biometrics.
  • Seamless integration—GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is a snap-in to the Microsoft Management console and can be centrally managed at the server. Additionally, the solution allows for seamless movement as it integrates with Active Directory using an organization’s existing Microsoft security infrastructure.
  • Ultimate freedom—ImageWare has extensive relationships with leading biometric algorithm vendors, its Biometric Engine is specifically designed to easily add and support new biometric algorithms, future proofing a corporation’s investment in GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite.

A pioneer and innovator in biometrics for decades, ImageWare reinvented the biometrics field with its algorithm-agnostic, real-time and ultra-scalable Biometric Engine®, which was granted the “Product Innovation of the Year Award” by Frost & Sullivan. Additionally, the company’s GoMobile Interactive® product was recognized by CTIA, the Wireless Association, receiving First Place Award for Emerging Technology (E-Tech) in the Mobile Money, Payments, Banking & Commerce category. Together, the Biometric Engine and GoMobile Interactive form the basis of the GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite cloud component.

About ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions, providing biometric authentication solutions for the enterprise. The company delivers next-generation biometrics as an interactive and scalable cloud-based solution. ImageWare brings together cloud and mobile technology to offer multi-factor authentication for smartphone users, mobile clients, and desktop devices.

ImageWare’s products support multi-modal biometric authentication including, but not limited to, face, voice, fingerprint, eye, DNA, and more. All can be combined alongside other authentication and access control facilities, including tokens, digital certificates, passwords, and PINS, to provide the ultimate level of assurance and accountability for corporate networks, web applications, mobile devices, and PC desktop environments. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, Calif., with offices in Portland, OR, Ottawa, Ontario, and Mexico. To learn more about ImageWare, visit follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook

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Product launch: Quadcopter utilizing DJI Inspire drone and FLIR thermal camera


ANTWERP, Belgium, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — UAVtechnics, a European based company has released a thermal drone solution utilizing DJI Inspire drone and FLIR thermal camera resulting in a quadcopter with dual thermal and daylight vision. Both sensors are located into the same gimbal which fits seamlessly onto DJI Inspire and DJI Matrice 100. This combination makes it perfect for various applications such as security and surveillance, emergency services, industrial inspections and brings together best of both worlds: DJI, leading company in drone industry and FLIR, leading company in thermal imaging.

Sony Daylight camera specifications: 1920p FullHD video – 16MP stills
FLIR Thermal camera specifications: 336 – 640×512 pixels
Pricing starts from 8200€ exVAT

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Product launch: Z3 Technology’s 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera now available for order


LINCOLN, NE, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Z3 Technology, LLC, a leading provider of embedded video compression systems, and Sony Electronics Inc., an international leader in image sensors camera technology, are announcing the availability the Z3Cam-4KTM, a 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera. The Z3Cam-4K brings clarity and detail to high movement and low light conditions with optimized 4K technology. This unit captures stunning video with 20x optical zoom with integrated auto focus. The Z3Cam-4K provides crystal clear images for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications while adding the ability to broadcast and analyze your video around the world.

The Z3Cam-4K is the first 4K video system capable of encoding and streaming 4K H.265/HEVC video with ONVIF integration for easy camera management. The innovative Z3Cam-4K has multiple options for your IP transmission. The system can output both H.265/HEVC and H.264 video over IP in 4K resolutions. It can also send a simultaneous HD stream. Camera control can take place remotely with VISCA control commands sent over IP to the Z3Cam-4K from a comm port on your PC. Where seeing sharp lines is key, Sony’s 4K noise reduction algorithm provides the highest quality imaging fit for virtual reality imaging and high detail data analytics.

“Sony is privileged to work with Z3 on providing the 4K optics and image capture subsystem integrated into the Z3Cam-4K. With fast auto focus, 20x optical zoom and electronic image stabilization we expect this new camera to be deployed widely in demanding commercial and industrial 4K applications,” saidJohn Monti, Director, Sony Visual Imaging Solutions.

“The Z3Cam-4K camera provides high quality, low bit rate video to be streamed over IP networks at 4K resolutions,” Aaron Caldwell, CEO Z3 Technology said. “In the past the bandwidth requirements for 4K were too high for many of our customers to make the switch to 4K. The Z3Cam-4K solves this dilemma by taking advantage of state of the art H.265 compression technology that uses very low power and low bandwidth. Z3 is excited to be collaborating with Sony to offer the industry this 4K H.265 IP camera solution to allow 4K imaging to be sent around the world with no distance limitations.”

Z3Cam-4K Features:
H.265/HEVC and H.264 encoded video
4K (Ultra-HD) and HD resolutions
High sensitivity image processor
20x optical and digital zoom
Integrated auto focus zoom and optional manual focus
Visibility enhancer ICR (Day and Night)
Noise reduction algorithm for high frequency and high detail areas
GigE interface for IP output
IP control and configuration
Supports Sony VISCA camera control over IP and ONVIF Profile S
Microphone input
Composite output
Device recording options via USB 2.0 interface
Network recording options over IP
PoE power or DC power

The Z3Cam-4K is now available for order. For additional information on the Z3Cam-4K or OEM electronics only options, contact or visit Camera Solutions at

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Sports medicine: Sway ConcussionTest iOS app available for purchase on


TULSA, OK, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sway Medical LLC (Sway) would like to announce its official availability in all European Union Countries. Sway was issued its CE Mark after being marketed in the United States and Canada for two years. This is significant because European sports organizations ranging from youth through pro level now have an affordable and convenient sideline assessment tool supporting concussion related medical decision making. Medical professionals and trained coaches can obtain a concussion assessment via an Apple mobile device (iPhone or iPad) and the Sway Balance™ System web-portal. Acute objective measurements are obtained by performing a 1.5 minute balance and reaction time test protocol. Licensed athletic trainers, physical therapists and athletic therapists are able to join physicians in acutely managing the underserved market of youth sports, ages six and older.

Concussion injuries are very common in sports, often going un-reported or ignored until the obvious symptoms have incapacitated the athlete or draws the attention of a parent or coach. Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious medical condition with published mortality rates of up to 50%. SIS occurs when an athlete returns to play while still recovering from an initial concussion injury. During this time, the brain is highly susceptible to additional injury and complications. The Sway Balance™ System is able to accurately assess and track the acute and chronic outcome related to an athlete’s balance, motion reaction time and concussion symptoms. The Sway Balance™ System provides a graphical representation comparing suspicious injury event tests against a pre-injury “normative” or baseline score. The comparison of event tests against an established baseline is a common measurement for traumatic brain injury diagnosis and recovery tracking.

The Sway Balance™ System is available for purchase by licensed medical professionals involved in school, occupational or sports medicine through Additional protocols are available to assess an individual’s “Fall Risk” or “Functional Status”.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

World’s first Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet to debut at 2016 Eurobike Trade Show in Germany

Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., an industry leader in Bluetooth innovation for the motorsport and outdoor activities market, debuted today the world’s first Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet, exclusively to media, dealers and trade members at the 2016 Eurobike Trade Show in Friedrichshafen. Eurobike, which started in 1991, is the World’s leading trade show for the cycling industry. The show attracts 45,870 cycling enthusiasts on its public days along with 1,766 journalists from 39 different countries. The Sena booth will be located at Hall A4-807.

The Sena Smart Helmet for Cycling packs in today’s top of the line technology with the seamless functionality you need for your ride, all in a sleek and extremely lightweight design, equipped with a fully integrated Bluetooth communication system and QHD camera. Stay in touch with up to three riding companions, listen to music, monitor speed, cadence, and heart rate, while recording video all the way to the finish line.

The WiFi equipped helmet allows riders to easily capture and share both photos and videos from their adventures. The Smart Audio Mix feature gives the user the ability to record music from their smart phone, audio from the helmet’s microphone, as well as any audio from the intercom overlaid directly onto the video. Record up to 2 hours of QHD quality (1440p/30fps) video or FHD (1080p/60fps) video. The Sena Camera App will allow the user to preview video recordings and playback previously recorded videos through WiFi.

“Eurobike is a place where cycling enthusiasts come together from all over the world with one common interest, a love for cycling,” says Sena CEO, Tae Kim “It is the perfect place to unveil a revolutionary cycling innovation created with the cyclist in mind to enhance every ride from start to finish.” Cyclists will be able to enjoy their ride like never before with Sena’s new revolutionary helmet.

Eurobike opens its doors to the general public this Saturday, September 3 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday, September 4 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Cycling enthusiasts will get the unique opportunity to explore new products and innovations in the cycling industry. Tickets are available online at at Messe Friedrichshafen.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Food Marketing Institute comments on FDA guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar PhD, RD, offered the following statement on today’s (August 23, 2016) announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

Thesmar said, “While the Preventive Controls rule embodies one of the basic pillars of FSMA, which is to thwart the contamination of food and to prevent foodborne illness from occurring, food retailers are well aware that prevention starts with strong good manufacturing practices followed by conducting a rigorous hazard analysis to identify and evaluate any known and reasonably foreseeable hazards.

“FMI appreciates FDA’s acknowledgement that the ‘relatively rare occurrence of significant safety concerns associated with the manufacture of food contact substances,’ and finished products, together with FDA’s extensive premarket review of these substances, provides adequate assurances of safety.

“We’re also encouraged that FDA extended certain compliance dates on several FSMA provisions, including requirements related to food contact substances under the foreign supplier verification rule. FMI and other retail associations have been working closely with FDA to seek clarification on the food contact substances issue, and we look forward to continued engagement with the agency as they consider how to best address our concerns.

“We remain confident in the food supply system and the U.S. government oversight is just part of the equation, as traceability and transparent business relationships are critical to the integrity of the food supply. We applaud the agency for providing essential guidance and reiterate the need for clarification in a timely manner for all of the outstanding questions under the final FSMA rules and we look forward to offering comments on behalf of the nation’s grocery stores and continuing our efforts with the agency.”


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USDA issues food safety tips this back-to-school season

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Back to school, back to the books, back in the saddle, or back in the car for those of us shuttling students to and from school. The new school year means its back to packing lunches and after school snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers, and all the other children who carry these items to and from home. One ‘back’ you do not want to reacquaint children with, however, is foodborne bacteria.

Bacteria that can cause foodborne illness, commonly known as food poisoning, grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In just two hours, these microorganisms can multiply to dangerous levels. To make sure lunches and snacks are safe for those you pack for, follow the USDA’s four steps to food safety: Clean – Separate – Cook – and Chill.

Packing Tips

  • If the lunch/snack contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese, or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources.  Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly so perishable food transported without an ice source won’t stay safe long.
  • Frozen juice boxes or water can also be used as freezer packs. Freeze these items overnight and use with at least one other freezer pack.  By lunchtime, the liquids should be thawed and ready to drink.
  • Pack lunches containing perishable food in an insulated lunchbox or soft-sided lunch bag. Perishable food can be unsafe to eat by lunchtime if packed in a paper bag.
  • If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food hot – 140 °F or above.
  • If packing a child’s lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cold longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.
  • If you’re responsible for packing snacks for the team, troop, or group, keep perishable foods in a cooler with ice or cold packs until snack time. Pack snacks in individual bags or containers, rather than having children share food from one serving dish.

Storage Tips

  • If possible, a child’s lunch should be stored in a refrigerator or cooler with ice upon arrival. Leave the lid of the lunchbox or bag open in the fridge so that cold air can better circulate and keep the food cold.

Eating and Disposal Tips

  • Pack disposable wipes for washing hands before and after eating.
  • After lunch, discard all leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at, by ‘following’ @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter, and by ‘liking’ Consumers with questions about food safety, can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

If you have questions about storage times of food or beverages, download USDA’s new FoodKeeper application for Android and iOS devices. By helping users better understand food storage, the FoodKeeper empowers the public to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of the food and beverages in their home. Better food storage should reduce food waste and reduce the frequency of users preparing and eating products that may be spoiled. The application was recently updated to include food storage information in both Spanish and Portuguese.

USDA has made some of the most significant updates made since the 1950s to the U.S. food safety system during the Obama Administration. New consumer-facing tools, like the FoodKeeper application, allow Americans to further guard themselves and their family against foodborne illnesses. Estimates show that the food safety standards implemented for meat and poultry will reduce illnesses by about 75,000 annually. More information about these efforts can be found on USDA’s Medium page at


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Sena unveils its new Tufftalk headset: an earmuff Bluetooth communication and intercom headset now available on

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth communication devices for motorsport, outdoor and industrial solutions, announced today the release of its new Tufftalk headset, which is engineered with Sena’s almost two decades of industrial wireless Bluetooth expertise.

“Sena Tufftalk is the first fully Bluetooth integrated intercom device to both protect the user and supply a clearer communication channel.” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “This device marks our continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of the industrial field.”

Sena’s Tufftalk, an earmuff Bluetooth® communication and intercom headset, is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications. Tufftalk sports a 1.4 km working Bluetooth range – the furthest of any product on the market today. Its sturdy design and tough manufacturing offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted intercom communication between up to four headsets. Coupled with its seamless compatibility with other Bluetooth and two-way radio devices, including Sena SR10i which allows for wireless two-way radio communication, Tufftalk far outpaces the competition.

Breaking through the noise
In rough and loud environments, safety is key, and this is exactly where Tufftalk truly shines. Tufftalk’s secure earmuffs help protect users from harmful noise with an audio attenuation of 24dB. The ambient mode feature allows users to amplify external sounds – generating greater awareness of surroundings so important alarms or calls can be heard while still protecting hearing. For more active applications, Tufftalk offers an optional hard hat mount package.

“Poor worksite communication is costly for businesses,” Kim said. “With Tufftalk we applied Sena’s two decades of expertise to offer industrial strength seamless communication for the harshest of environments.”

Equipped with HD quality speakers, Tufftalk delivers crystal clear audio that industrial mobile workers need to stay safe on busy and noisy worksites. Tufftalk features Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ technology, which limits the interference of background noise while maintaining the full volume of voice communication.

Sena’s patented Jog Dial design is glove-friendly and easy to control, while the VOX technology allows users to answer phone calls, communicate and react to voice commands, all while hands-free. Tufftalk is also compatible with a Sena App to configure settings and presets easily through any smartphone. As with all Sena units, Tufftalk is completely firmware upgradeable to ensure it remains compatible with all of the latest Bluetooth technology.

Firmware upgradable
Study design for industrial environments
Optional 1.4 km communication range, or 800 km with default antenna
Equipped with VOX for hands-free control
Pairs to smartphones and other Bluetooth enabled devices
15 hours of talk time with lithium battery or 12 hours with AAA batteries
Attenuation of 24dB
HD-quality speaker with Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ blocking external noise
Compatible with two-way radios
Optional hard hat mounting available
Bluetooth 4.1

Since 1998, Sena has been recognized as a wireless leader specializing in Bluetooth-based solutions that benefit both users and businesses at large. Drawing from its industrial solutions, Sena is a leader in consumer goods in the power sports and action sports industries providing communication solutions for this market since releasing the SMH10 in 2011.

Like all Sena products, Tufftalk comes with Sena’s industry-leading two-year warranty, and is now available on For more information and the full Sena product line, please visit:

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Albert Heijn start samen met Voedingscentrum actie rondom het bewaren van voedsel

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Veel Nederlanders hebben twijfels over de manier waarop voeding het beste kan worden bewaard. Vooral hoe lang (78%) en waar (77%) voeding moet worden bewaard zijn vragen die Nederlanders zichzelf regelmatig stellen, zo blijkt uit onderzoek*. Albert Heijn start vanaf vandaag in samenwerking met het Voedingscentrum een actie rondom het bewaren van voeding. Klanten krijgen antwoord op hun vragen over bewaren en bewaartips. Ook start Albert Heijn vanaf vandaag met een spaaractie waarbij 6 weken lang voor vershouddozen kan worden gespaard.

‘We vinden het belangrijk om onze klanten handvatten en tips te geven om voeding veilig en makkelijk te bewaren. Op die manier kunnen we voedselverspilling tegen gaan. De tips van het Voedingscentrum en de vershouddozen van Albert Heijn maken dat voor iedereen makkelijker. Het bespaart geld en we gooien minder eten weg. Dat is goed voor jezelf en goed voor de wereld. Weggooien is zonde’, aldus Emma Coles, verantwoordelijk voor gezondheid en duurzaamheid bij Albert Heijn.

Veel onduidelijkheid over bewaren voeding
Uit het onderzoek blijkt dat vooral respondenten tussen de 60-65 jaar (61,7%) aarzelen over hoe lang voedsel bewaard kan worden. Tegelijkertijd twijfelt zo’n 55% van de jongvolwassenen (25-29 jaar) vooral over waar ze voedsel het beste kunnen bewaren (gekoeld, niet gekoeld). De producten waar de meeste onzekerheid over bestaat zijn vlees (53,8%), kliekjes (44,2%) en groenten (32,4%). Opvallend is dat 40% van de jongvolwassenen (25-29 jaar) zich regelmatig afvraagt op welke manier fruit moet worden bewaard. Ouderen dubben daar een stuk minder vaak over.

Wieke van der Vossen-Wijmenga, expert voedselveiligheid bij het Voedingscentrum: ‘Het op een verkeerde manier bewaren is een veelgenoemde reden waarom consumenten eten weggooien. Met een paar handige bewaartips kun je eten net iets langer en ook veilig(er) bewaren. Wij delen naast de tips ook onze “Ja-Nee Koelkaststicker” uit. Die sticker toont een top 12 aan producten waar de meeste twijfel over bestaat bij consumenten én of deze wel of niet in de koelkast moeten worden bewaard. Tomaten horen daar bijvoorbeeld niet in.

Over de spaaractie
Vanaf vandaag kan er 6 weken lang worden gespaard voor 5 formaten vershouddozen en een vacuümpomp om het eten nóg langer vers te houden. Bij iedere €10 aan boodschappen krijgen consumenten een spaarzegel. Met een volle kaart (10 zegels) en een kleine bijbetaling (tussen de €0.99 – 1.99) kunnen consumenten een van de vijf vershouddozen aanschaffen. De bakjes zijn lucht- en waterdicht, vaatwasserbestendig en geschikt voor de magnetron. Meer informatie en tips over het bewaren van voeding vind je op

Albert Heijn en voedselverspilling
Albert Heijn probeert op vele manieren voedselverspilling te voorkomen. Zo wordt er strak op gestuurd dat het juiste product in de juiste hoeveelheid in iedere winkel is, zodat er geen verouderde voorraad ontstaat. Vanaf deze week zijn de Buitenbeentjes, groente en fruit ‘met een schoonheidsfoutje’, in meer dan 650 winkels van Albert Heijn te koop. Albert Heijn werkt nauw samen met de Voedselbanken om klanten van de Voedselbanken te voorzien van verse en gezonde producten zoals vlees, zuivelproducten en panklare groenten. De bekende 35% kortingssticker maakt het voor klanten aantrekkelijker om producten te kopen waarvan de houdbaarheidsdatum nadert. Weggooien is zonde tenslotte. En Albert Heijn ondersteunt restaurant Instock in Amsterdam en Den Haag, waar wordt gekookt met onverkochte producten van Albert Heijn, die nog wel aan alle voedselveiligheidseisen voldoen.

*Het onderzoek werd in augustus 2016 in opdracht van Albert Heijn representatief uitgevoerd door Kien Onderzoek onder 1.033 Nederlanders tussen de 25 en 65 jaar.

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

De woordvoerders van Albert Heijn zijn: Anoesjka Aspeslagh en Els van Dijk.

Source: Albert Heijn

Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group has managed to recycle an increasing share of its industrial waste, leaving less and less residual waste. In the first six months of 2016, the recycling rate has risen to a record 82.1%, which is an increase of more than two percent over six months ago. In reality, this means that for every thousand kilos of industrial waste, 821 kilos are recycled. With this, we have already surpassed the 80% recycling target that was our goal for 2017.

Sorting at the source
These improved recycling results are mainly due to the type of sorting at the source, i.e. by the store employees. For example, the Colruyt stores made a special effort in the spring to sort the fermentable waste and the bread waste even better, thereby sending back 700 tonnes less residual waste. “We had a very strong information campaign for this, and it’s amazing to see how well the store employees picked it up. Now all we have to do is keep it up, so we’re supplying even more nifty sorting tips”, says Francoise Decoster at the environmental department.

Food Banks
Another positive point is that food waste has decreased considerably. Since the spring of this year, fourteen stores in Belgium have been donating their unsellable yet still perfectly edible foods directly to local organisations, overseen by the Food Banks. This way, between 2 and 3 tonnes of food per store per month were donated.

Francoise Decoster: “That means that less food surplus is returned to our distribution centres to be fermented. In and of itself, fermentation has its use, because it generates green energy. But using the food surplus for human consumption is even better.”

Second sorting
Finally, the percentage of residual waste will continue to decrease thanks to new sorting installations in Colruyt Group’s return centres, where the residual waste of all the stores, manufacturing and distribution centres, and office buildings is collected. There, this residual waste is once again thoroughly sorted in order to extract recyclables such as plastic, hard plastic, cardboard, wood, metal, and glass.

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Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives
Colruyt Group updates on its recycling initiatives


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Topaz survey reveals what Irish parents think when it comes to choosing the right car seat for their child

New Topaz research reveals Ireland’s priorities for keeping kids safe on the road

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has today (10 Aug 2016) revealed the results of a new survey exposing what Irish parents really think when it comes to choosing the right car seat for their child.

Today’s survey results launch coincides with the announcement that Topaz are teaming up with Mothercare Ireland to give their customers the opportunity to avail of an expert car fitting service FREE of charge. The initiative will kick off this Friday 5thAugust at the Topaz Taney Road, Goatstown in Dublin and will be visiting selected sites until the 28th of August. Topaz are calling on their customers nationwide to check if their child’s car seat is the right fit with Mothercare Ireland’s fitting experts, who’ll be providing their top tips on saying yes to the perfect car seat.

The findings from the first ever Topaz ‘Check It Fits’ survey has revealed some very interesting facts when it comes to parents and families mindset when it comes to purchasing and fitting a child’s car seat.

To be sure – or not to be sure!
A key topic that split respondents was whether they can truly say they feel car seat confident. When asked if they were sure if they knew how to fit a car seat correctly, 29% of those surveyed admitted that while they feel they would be able to give it a go, they wouldn’t know for sure if they have fitted the seat correctly.
Just over half of us on the other hand would feel we’re experts at fitting a car seat and 6% wouldn’t even know where to start! That’s not all – just under 40% of us feel they would need to be guided by a store assistant in purchasing a car seat that’s the perfect fit.

Making a car seat choice that’s as good as new
The survey findings further solidify that it’s a family affair that’s firmly in Ireland’s driving seat. 28% of respondents noted that it would be Mum who would be the main driver for a family journey with 68% of us driving our Dads to take the steering wheel on a family road trip. Sometimes all it takes is a little teamwork to drive the right decision, with three quarters of Irish parents making that crucial call together on what car seat to buy for their child.

27% would accept nothing less than the latest car seat product on the market and perhaps it’s unsurprising then that only 5% would choose style over substance when purchasing a car seat for their newborn.

Now it’s time to Check It Fits with Topaz and Mothercare Ireland!
Throughout the month of August, Topaz and Mothercare Ireland will be embarking on a journey to help Irish motorists ensure their child’s safety with the rollout of the Check it Fits campaign. The Check It Fits roadshow will be touring the country over the coming weeks and encouraging the nation to check your child’s car seat is the right fit before taking it on the road.

Details of the full rollout will be announced by Topaz Energy on Facebook as theCheck It Fits roadshow comes to a forecourt near you, with Mothercare Ireland’s car fitting experts on hand to make sure your car seat is good to go.

Marketing Director of Mothercare Ireland, Laura Ward said: “I am delighted to be at Topaz City Avenue today to announce that we’re teaming up with Topaz and taking our Check It Fits activations back on the road. Like parents across the country, safety is a priority for us and we’re asking customers across the Topaz and Re.Store network to join us at selected forecourts nationwide and check if your child’s car seat is the right fit for your vehicle.

We hope that the results of this survey will encourage people nationwide to take some time out and spend just a few minutes with our car fitting experts in their local Topaz this August before taking their brand new seat for a spin.

MJ Tierney, Topaz Brand Manager said: “We’re delighted to partner with Mothercare Ireland as they continue to provide this invaluable car fitting service to families across the country free of charge. Whether you’re fitting a car seat for the very first time or you’re a rookie at the seat fitting game like myself, each seat fits differently and it’s crucially important for child safety to ensure that your car seat is fitted correctly.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for Topaz to partner with a fantastic brand like Mothercare to bring the Check It Fits campaign directly to our customers, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to local communities by offering vital services at forecourts nationwide’.


Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320


Topaz survey reveals what Irish parents think when it comes to choosing the right car seat for their child
Topaz survey reveals what Irish parents think when it comes to choosing the right car seat for their child


Source: Topaz

Walgreens drugstores installs safe medication disposal kiosk in Iowa

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (10 August 2016) is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program in Iowa with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at eight Walgreens drugstores in the state. The launch is part of Walgreens effort, announced in February, to install safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

Walgreens will be joined today by Governor Terry Branstad, Attorney General Tom Miller, House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, Senate Republican Leader Charles Schneider and Steve Lukan, Director, Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, to kick off the program.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Iowa stores and expanding to other states this year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 300 Walgreens pharmacies across 23 states and Washington, D.C. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 15 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20141, and that same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a national total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include deaths from prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.2

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, Walgreens continues to participate in DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, serving as a collection point in communities for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal. The company is also collaborating with the American Pharmacists Association Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies to continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists.

States where Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program has been implemented:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin*

*Installation has begun in the state and is expected to be complete in August.

Select Iowa Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Ankeny – 901 N. Ankeny Blvd.

Cedar Rapids – 3325 16th Ave. SW

Clive – 12753 University Ave.

Council Bluffs – 2508 W. Broadway

Davenport – 1525 E. Kimberly Road; 1660 W. Locust St.

Des Moines – 3140 SE 14th St.

Sioux City – 1900 Hamilton Blvd.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes and More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths –United States, 2000-2014


Michael Polzin


Walgreens drugstores installs safe medication disposal kiosk in Iowa
Walgreens drugstores installs safe medication disposal kiosk in Iowa

Source: Walgreens

Albert Heijn reduceert suiker en introduceert Friswijzer

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Steeds meer consumenten gaan bewuster met suiker om. Daarom heeft Albert Heijn zijn assortiment onder de loep genomen en zijn we gestart met een flinke suikerreductie” aldus Marit van Egmond, directeur merchandising & sourcing Albert Heijn. “De eerste stap die we zetten is een suikerreductie van 10 tot 40% in meer dan honderd populaire eigen merk producten. De vernieuwde producten liggen eind 2016 in de schappen. Eind 2017 zijn deze producten hierdoor tweehonderdvijftig miljoen suikerklontjes lichter. En dat is pas het begin. Ook introduceren we a.s. maandag bij het frisdrankschap de Friswijzer. Met duidelijke informatie over de hoeveelheid suiker, wijze van zoeten en calorieën.”

Suikerreductie op eigen merk producten
Om stap voor stap suiker te reduceren selecteerde Albert Heijn honderd eigen merk producten die vaak door gezinnen worden gekocht. In producten zoals yoghurt, vla, ketchup en koekjes wordt suiker tussen de 10 en 40% gereduceerd. Ook worden er de komende weken nieuwe producten toegevoegd, zoals AH Griekse yoghurt voor kinderen, een variant zonder toevoeging van suiker en AH 100% fruittoetje.

Bewuster kiezen
Informatie zoals de hoeveelheid suiker en de wijze van zoeten worden steeds relevanter voor klanten. Frisdrank kan veel suiker en dus veel calorieën bevatten. Om klanten daarvan bewust te maken, laat de Friswijzer bij het schap in een oogopslag zien hoeveel calorieën de frisdrank bevat. De kleuren van geel (geen suiker) tot donker oranje (hoog in suiker) geven aan hoeveel calorieën en suikers er in frisdrank zitten. Klanten kunnen ook zien op welke wijze de drank gezoet is: met suiker, met gebruik van kunstmatige zoetstoffen of door het toevoegen van zoetstoffen van natuurlijke oorsprong.

In het schap vind je ook nieuwe varianten dranken zoals bruisend water met smaak waaronder een aardbei/munt en een bloedsinaasappel variant. Het suikergehalte in eigen merk frisdrank zal de komende jaren ook stap voor stap worden verlaagd met minimaal 10 procent.


Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

De woordvoerders van Albert Heijn zijn: Anoesjka Aspeslagh en Els van Dijk.

Source:  Albert Heijn


CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Texas that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Texas pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Texas, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription by August 2016.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Texascan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. The program has already donated 37 units to police departments in the state and collected more than two and a half metric tons of unwanted medications in Texas. Law enforcement officials across Texas can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237


CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas
CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas




Hy-Vee, Inc. voluntarily recalls limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans across its eight-state region due the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. The presence of small pieces of plastic and/or metal has the potential to cause a choking hazard and may cause adverse health consequences, including injury.

The voluntary recall is limited to 15-ounce cans of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans with the code “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX” and UPC number of 0075450105190. The product was sold at Hy-Vee stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin between April 22, 2016, and July 18, 2016.

To date, no injuries have been reported in connection with this product.

The potential for contamination was discovered after Faribault Foods, Inc., Hy-Vee’s supplier, announced it was issuing a recall after one consumer reported finding a partial ink pen in one container. The product was manufactured at the company’s Faribault, Minnesota, facility, which supplies several major retailers across the United States. Faribault Foods, Inc. has determined this to be an isolated incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee is recalling the product from all of its stores. No other Hy-Vee food items are impacted by this recall.

Customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Bar-S Foods Company of Altus, Okla. recalls 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bar-S Foods Company, an Altus, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
  • 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
  • 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
  • 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
  • 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-81A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Bar-S Foods notified FSIS’ Dallas District Office on July 19, 2016, of its intention to recall five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The firm has not received test results forListeria monocytogenes in connection with the recalled products, but due to recurring Listeria species issues at the firm, it has decided to remove the products from commerce as a precautionary measure. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Manuel Rivera, Bar-S Foods’ Vice President of Marketing, at 1-888-241-6102. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day


USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.


Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

The Save Mart Companies: Marie Callendar’s product voluntarily recalled

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Marie Callendar’s product is being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because it may be potentially contaminated with E. coli.

Product Name UPC Size Best By Date
Marie Callendar’s Cheese Biscuit Mix 7596814015 7oz 3/22/17 & 5/17/17

The Save Mart Companies has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased any of the above listed products with matching UPC and impacted date codes may bring the unused portion to the store where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions should contact Joanna Fraire of International Commissary Corporation at 408-792- 3123, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM Pacific, or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Foodmaxx

ConAgra Foods expands voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods is expanding a voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products due to the potential presence of small metal fragments (2-9 mm) in the sugar used in the sauce. This voluntary action is being undertaken because of impacted sugar from a supplier.

Foodborne foreign objects that are not hard and sharp and less than or equal to 7 mm in length may cause minor injuries such as temporary reflexive choking and irritation of the gastrointestinal system. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of these products to date.

An initial recall was issued on July 7, 2016 after a ConAgra employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for a P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand sauce ingredient. On July 14, 2016, ConAgra Foods was notified by the supplier of additional production lots of sugar that were impacted, such that the initial recall needed to be expanded to include additional P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand meals.

Products covered by this recall were distributed in the U.S., specific product names and information are listed below. No other ConAgra Foods are impacted by this recall and these products are not served in P.F. Chang’s restaurants. Meals in P.F. Chang’s restaurants are made fresh every day and in every restaurant.

Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Signature Spicy Chicken 22 oz 31000-67023 Original: 5006616500
Original: June 8, 2017
Additional: May 26, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Mongolian Style Beef 22 oz 31000-67000 Original: 5006617400
Original: June 17, 2017
Additional: June 1, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Beef with Broccoli 22 oz
31000-67001 5006616100 June 4, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Shrimp Lo Mein 22 oz
31000-67005 5006616700 June10, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Sweet & Sour Chicken 22 oz
31000-67006 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
General Chang’s Chicken 22 oz
31000-67007 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Garlic Chicken
with Dan Dan noodles 22 oz
31000-67008 5006616500 June 8, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
with Lo Mein Noodles 22 oz
31000-67010 5006616700 June 10, 2017

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and return them to the store where originally purchased. ConAgra Foods is cooperating with both the FDA and USDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-252-0634, open 9 am through 7 pm CDT, Monday through Friday.

Consumer Affairs hotline

Kristine Mulford

Source: USDA

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville, Illinois warehouse, DPI NW, Americold L.A., IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Haddon House Richburg, SC.

Recalled product is Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream pints packed in a brown paper pint size container with “Agave Dream” printed front of carton with Best By date 07/04/17, UPC 899349002048.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of WA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream with “Best By” date 07/04/17 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or Monday – Saturday, 9am PST – 5pm PST.

Agave Dream


Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream
Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream


Source: USDA