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Demystifying Cryptic Label Terms

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Demystifying Cryptic Label Terms

Warning labels are frequently printed and attached to products in order to protect consumers, but sometimes their meaning is lost when jargon is used.

Manufacturers frequently get overly technical with warning label terms and which may confuse some buyers, The Street notes. For example, some salts contain the following warning: "This salt does not supply iodide, a necessary nutrient." In this instance, the shopper is likely to have no idea what the warning means, as iodine deficiency is extremely rare in the United States.

Other common examples are phenylalanine warnings on diet sodas.

"While many of these labels warn of a very real danger, other products carry warnings that can only be considered excessive. Clearly fearful of having to deal with lawsuits, product manufacturers warn against all sorts of idiotic misuses of their products, from ironing clothes you're still wearing to using a hair dryer while sleeping," the website explains.

Manufacturers should take note and plan their product label designs accordingly. Products containing too many labels and warnings may result in consumers not paying any attention to them. Instead, such notices should be incorporated as necessary.