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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform efforts continue on Capitol Hill and food packaging stands to be affected. The Food Safety Reform Coalition (representing food and beverage manufacturers) is working to amend legislation introduced by Rep.
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California law repeal?

The bill that would repeal California's rigid plastic packaging container program remained in a State Senate committee at press time, after passing the Assembly.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
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New bottle adds nice touch

With the March restaging of its Ice Cap(TM) line, hair care product manufacturer Graham-Webb Intl., Plymouth, MN, became one of the first users of VelvaSoft(TM) packaging.
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Melon salad counts on PVC jars

Chilled fruit leader UniMark Foods of Argyle, TX, is well known in supermarkets nationwide for its 26-oz portions of tropical fruits in glass jars sold on ice in the produce department.
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Metallized film does the Trix

Walk through the local supermarket's cereal aisle and you'll be bombarded with a display of vivid, colorful cartons. While it's not easy to stand out from such a crowd, Minneapolis-based General Mills believes it can with its Trix®, and new Team USA Cheerios®.
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Printed PET film adorns cosmetics cap

A unique cone of PET film is what gives the multi-component closure on Eau d'Amore cologne its vivid color. Marketed by Korean cosmetics manufacturer Pacific, the cologne was launched in Korea in October '95.
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Coffee marketer launches shapely can

Shaped cans have attracted plenty of attention lately, particularly the cans tested by Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. in Europe (see PW, April '96, p.
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Pouch progress, too

In addition to its core business of sauces packed in glass and plastic bottles, Yoshida has a busy pouch packaging operation, too. Typically the pouches are sold to other food marketers who include them as components in something like a vegetable or chicken stir fry.
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Gabletop proves Fruitful for foodservice

Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Industry seeks major changes to EPA guides on enviro-preferred products

Major components like lifecycle analysis, third-party certification and objectionable characteristics are being challenged.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
Not only is Akzo Nobel Salt?s cool-running hot melt case sealing adhesive safer for operators, it allows a reduced bead widt
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Chilling hot melt danger

Low-temperature hot melt runs more efficiently, cuts adhesive costs and increases operator safety.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.

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