August 8, 1991 |
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.
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 |
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.
July 9, 2011 |
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.
June 3, 1998 |
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.
February 3, 2002 |
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.