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April 19, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The humble toaster isn't the first product most people would associate with counterfeiting, but nearly 15,000 of the commonplace kitchen appliances were seized by federal authorities at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in March. The generic-looking toasters arrived from China bearing counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories safety markings, the Department of Homeland Security said. The commonly seen UL seal cannot be secured without the approval of Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois company founded in 1894.
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April 19, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The humble toaster isn't the first product most people would associate with counterfeiting, but nearly 15,000 of the commonplace kitchen appliances were seized by federal authorities at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in March. The generic-looking toasters arrived from China bearing counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories safety markings, the Department of Homeland Security said. The commonly seen UL seal cannot be secured without the approval of Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois company founded in 1894.
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NEWS
March 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A widely used automatic fire sprinkler manufactured by the same company that had to recall another sprinkler model in 1998 may not operate in a fire, the nation's leading product safety testing organization said. Some glass-bulb sprinklers produced by Central Sprinkler Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Customs officials said Monday that they caught someone trying to import counterfeit and unsafe lighting fixtures depicting Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. The holiday decorations were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex between Nov. 23 and 25 in two shipments from China and had an estimated retail value of $173,000. The lighting displays had phony Underwriters Laboratories product safety certification labels and had not undergone the rigorous scrutiny required by the organization.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rivalry deepened Wednesday between Green Cross and Green Seal--consumer-goods ratings systems that both aspire to be arbiters of environmental marketing--as each announced ties to better-known organizations. Washington-based Green Seal, supported by environmentalists, has contracted with Underwriters Laboratories of Northbrook, Ill., to test most products for its certification program.
OPINION
June 13, 2007
Re "What is 'organic'? USDA still isn't sure," June 9 The soaring sales of organic products reflect consumers' growing concern about the foods they ingest. Why then is the U.S. Department of Agriculture playing around with what "organic" means? "Organic" is organic: no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or confinement. Let the marketplace rule and skip the fancy, misleading nomenclature. Allow food manufacturers to use the organic label only if they precede it with the percentage of the product that is organic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Customs officials said Monday that they caught someone trying to import counterfeit and unsafe lighting fixtures depicting Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. The holiday decorations were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex between Nov. 23 and 25 in two shipments from China and had an estimated retail value of $173,000. The lighting displays had phony Underwriters Laboratories product safety certification labels and had not undergone the rigorous scrutiny required by the organization.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2011 | By Julie Wernau
It's not a regulatory arm of the government, but try to find a gadget in your home that Underwriters Laboratories hasn't touched. Check under the computer mouse or the smoke alarm, beneath the light switch or on the TV cable, and the telltale "UL" stamp will be there. The marking means the device is unlikely to catch fire. And if you accidentally drive away from the gas station with the nozzle still in the tank, UL is the reason you don't haul away the entire pump and set the neighborhood ablaze.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1998 | Dow Jones
Endocare Inc. said its temperature-based, cancer-treating Cryocare technology received safety certification from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The Cryosurgery technology is used to treat prostate cancer and cancer of the liver. Irvine-based Endocare develops, makes and markets surgical technologies that freeze cancerous tumors.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2011 | By Julie Wernau
It's not a regulatory arm of the government, but try to find a gadget in your home that Underwriters Laboratories hasn't touched. Check under the computer mouse or the smoke alarm, beneath the light switch or on the TV cable, and the telltale "UL" stamp will be there. The marking means the device is unlikely to catch fire. And if you accidentally drive away from the gas station with the nozzle still in the tank, UL is the reason you don't haul away the entire pump and set the neighborhood ablaze.
OPINION
June 13, 2007
Re "What is 'organic'? USDA still isn't sure," June 9 The soaring sales of organic products reflect consumers' growing concern about the foods they ingest. Why then is the U.S. Department of Agriculture playing around with what "organic" means? "Organic" is organic: no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or confinement. Let the marketplace rule and skip the fancy, misleading nomenclature. Allow food manufacturers to use the organic label only if they precede it with the percentage of the product that is organic.
NEWS
March 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A widely used automatic fire sprinkler manufactured by the same company that had to recall another sprinkler model in 1998 may not operate in a fire, the nation's leading product safety testing organization said. Some glass-bulb sprinklers produced by Central Sprinkler Co.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rivalry deepened Wednesday between Green Cross and Green Seal--consumer-goods ratings systems that both aspire to be arbiters of environmental marketing--as each announced ties to better-known organizations. Washington-based Green Seal, supported by environmentalists, has contracted with Underwriters Laboratories of Northbrook, Ill., to test most products for its certification program.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1995 | JACK SEARLES
Eltron International Inc., a Simi Valley producer of bar-code label printers and related software and accessories, has had its products approved by the standardization organization that represents the European Community and nations worldwide. The products were registered by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. with the International Organization for Standardization.
REAL ESTATE
February 3, 2002 | Inman News Features
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has adopted a new safety standard intended to help prevent children from becoming entrapped and injured in automatic security gates. The stricter safety standard requires that automatic gate systems have at least two mechanisms to prevent entrapment, a standard similar to those for automatic garage doors. The standard was developed by Underwriters Laboratories in cooperation with the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Assn.
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