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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
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Regulatory reform bill hung up in Senate

Regulatory reform may be a popular cause on Capitol Hill, accepted (in principle at least) by both parties. But passing specific legislation is another matter.
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New environment label bill in California

In an effort to bring California into compliance with federal environmental advertising claims guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), industry is backing a state environment labeling bill prohibiting environmental marketing claims that do not meet or exceed requirements for substantiation, are not consistent with examples in the FTC guidelines, or are identified as deceptive claims by those guidelines.
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Andes Candies does the twist

By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
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Five Alive tries a new look

Houston-based Coca-Cola Foods Co. began test marketing a new version of its Five Alive(TM) fruit beverage in some Pacific Northwest cities this past May.
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FPA seeks sensible EPA emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pledge to work more closely with the industries it regulates will be put to the test by a request from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) to revise its proposed regulations on emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
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Packaging causes hike in cereal prices

Citing cost increases for both packaging and grains, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, increased the wholesale prices of its cereals in early August by 2.9%, according to a report in Advertising Age.
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Vermont's BST label regs challenged

Barring a court injunction being sought by dairy industry groups, manufacturers of dairy products will be subject to Vermont's mandatory BST labeling regulations as of September 12, 1995.
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Meridian shifts again

Sales are up for Meridian Clear, a noncarbonated, flavored spring water introduced in late 1993. So far up that Atlanta, GA-based Meridian Beverage Co.
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Eclipsing the competition

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTC sales, SmithKline Beecham's new Tagamet HB is one of the first "Acid blocker" products to reach the re-tail market.
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Oregon law amended

The Oregon House and Senate have approved amendments to the state's Rigid Plastic Container Law. Food containers will be exempt from the law, thanks to a successful amendment that was supported by the Oregon Food Processors.
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How effective is nutrition labeling?

It must depend on who is asked. GMA claims that an "overwhelming majority of consumers" read food labels, and that 63% of consumers find the nutritional information on the label to be "easier to understand." However, a survey by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention Magazine reported that most food shoppers are not familiar with the new nutrition label.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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Philip Morris adds "underage" notice

New York-based Philip Morris U.S.A. announced Aug. 8 that it had begun adding the notice "Underage Sale Prohibited" to its cigarette packs and cartons at all three of its U.S.
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Japan looks at 'shared responsibility'

In June, Japan's parliamentary body, the Diet, passed legislation whereby product manufacturers, importers and retailers will share the "responsibility" for container recycling beginning in 1997, according to Raymond Communications' Recycling Laws International.

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