In June the Food and Drug Administration approved Exxon Chemical's (Houston, TX) Oppera® modified polypropylene film resins for use in direct contact with fatty foods such as salty snacks, processed meats and cheeses, and confectionery items.
August 31, 1996
INDUSTRY INDICATORS--The Flexible Packaging Assn. is reporting an 11.1% rise in the dollar value of new orders in the first quarter 1996. Meanwhile, according to data compiled by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, packaging machinery shipments grew about 11% in 1995, reaching an estimated $3.82 billion.
An unlikely "marketer"--the State of Maryland--has taken steps to discourage casual tampering of crab meat packed in containers with snap-on lids. Seems that even the best-behaved supermarket shopper will occasionally sneek a peek, whiff or even a bite of that luscious but expensive fresh crab meat.
Bowing to increasing demands from its customers, the health care products industry is accelerating the pace and standardizing the use of universal product numbers (UPNs) for bar code markings incorporated into product packaging.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a number of industry complaints to heart in finalizing the first revisions to the agency's paper products Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN), first published in 1988.
Unlike Europe, where the issue of solid waste focuses almost entirely on packaging, the U.S. looks at the total waste stream, said J. Winston Porter, president of The Waste Policy Center and former EPA official.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.