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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 9, 1982, Tokyo, JapanTuesday november 9, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes consumer 9 caution protect yourself against contaminated new York up con Sumers can help protect them selves against deliberately contaminated food beverage and pharmaceutical products Anat the same time help retailers any Container that appears damaged. Or previously opened to the store manager. Leaving it on the shelf May expose less Alert shoppers to Alert for anyone opening a package or other Container i stores and report such incidents immediately to the store manager or a checkout clerk. When you buy Over the counter drugs look for boxes glued shut or boxes or bottles in a skin tight factory Over wrap of plastic or Blister packed products whose contents Are factory sealed in plastic or foil it s practically impossible to pull Blister packs apart says Stan Weinberger a Bayonne n.j.,druggist. Weinberger whose Small ser vice store is in a shopping mall says some lesser known brands of non prescription drugs and Vita mins have tamper resistant packs. Particularly vitamins he said in a Telephone interview adding that some have a full air Seal of plastic coated paper glued to the bottle under the screw Eye drops Are sealed he said and prescription drugs Are not on drugs discarded for no reason we be had people throwing drugs out for no reason Wein Berger said. He said some people Are even discarding products they bought six months or More ago Long before the cyanide tylenol deaths in Chicago touched off nationwide scare and copy cat said people in doubt about the safety of capsules should Check them this Way pour them All out on a table without touching them. They should look uniform and completely he said fingerprints or smudge should be easy to spot on the Bright shiny surfaces of the Gelatin capsules. One prescription drug maker Smith Kline and French heat seals its capsules individually it s like spot welding Weinber Ger said. Signs of damage or tampering with vacuum packed containers include bulging tops on jars or bottles and bulging cans. Test Jar lids to test a Jar top push the enter hard with a Finger. If it gives in to pressure and pops backup when you remove pressure the vacuum Seal has been cans also indicate air has entered and spoilage May have occurred. The contents of dented cans Areat to be Safe As Long As the top and Bottom Are Flat not the meat counter Don t buy packages whose wrappings Are broken. Pinprick in plastic wrap Are very difficult to see but someday be detectable by running your fingertips Over them As if you were Reading the package upside Down to test for liquid leakage another possible sign of tampering. In Frozen food cases examine bags and boxes the same Way. Turn in anything that appears Mohave been punctured or opened. Look for baked goods in pack Ages with unbroken seals and without punctures. At the produce Section choose fruit with unbroken unblemished skin and pre packaged fruit an vegetables whose Over wraps appear beverages come in bottles with lightweight Metal screw top whose perforations must be Bro Ken before the tops can be removed. By Law Federal internal Revenue Stamps must be glued Over the closures on bottles of whiskey another spirits. Washington a some500,000 copies of a consumer warning about malicious product tampering have been distributed nationwide food and drug administration commissioner a thur Hull Hayes or. Has message will be reinforced by televised Public service announcements which will be aired by major networks and by local stations Hayes described the new Steps in a Public awareness Campaign after meeting with representatives of the non prescription drug Industry. Several drug companies and the american pharmaceutical association distributed the printed warnings to retail outlets and pharmacists through out the nation. Fra issues warnings in Public awareness move Abc Abc and the Cable new network will run the Public service announcements showing Hayes delivering this message government and Industry Are working together to make medi Cine packages More Tam per resistant. You the shopper can help too. Look for signs of tampering such As broken seals open or damaged boxes Loose torn or missing wrappings Dis coloured products unusual doors. If an item just does t look right to you ask the pharmacist or store manager about it. In other words use a Little extra the non prescription drug Industry through the joint com Mittee on product safety has cooperated with Fra to develop tamper resistant drug packages for All Over the counter medications since a nationwide rash of tampering incidents. The government said last thursday that it will require non prescription capsules and most liquid drugs to have Tam per resistant packaging within three months. Some of the pack Ages May be on Sale within two weeks health and human ser vices Secretary Richard Schwei Ker said. Manufacturers will have a Choice of packaging techniques such As seals shrink bands and Bubble packs but must meet a perform Ance Standard. Later they mus include warning labels on their product. The new rulings will Adda Penny or two to the Cost of each product. The $5 billion a year Over the counter Industry asked for the Federal rules to head off any More nightmares. J reminiscent rims nostalgia abounds with hats echoing yesteryear s styles. The traditional 80s. The Flat brim and Crown Boater style in pastel Felt Center lends Adeep Crown Cloche left with a Jaunty deep dip to the Side brim adds flirtatious air to the wearer. And a new version of the favored eyeline look swagger to the face framing eyeline look sure to recall excitement of the in fall hats accented with a ribbon trim on the Down thrust brim. Up

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