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FDA to amend nutrient claims

It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
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Crown/Carnaud deal creates a $10 billion packaging company

Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.
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Pepsi enters a whole new category

Through an alliance with Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. of Springfield, MO, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its first dairy beverage May 31 in Texas and Oklahoma.
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FDA asked to change milk identity standards

"Two-percent lowfat milk" is an oxymoron says the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) and the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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FTC regs take effect

Federal Trade Commission regulations governing the information that must be disclosed on light bulb packages went into effect May 15. Developed under the umbrella of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the regs are "designed to help consumers buy the most energy-efficient bulbs that meet their needs," says Kent C.
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Future of FDA in doubt

The FDA has both friends and foes on Capitol Hill as the agency undergoes scrutiny as part of the budget writing and regulatory reform process. Conservatives frequently cite FDA and its administrator, Dr.
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STOP, look and read

Thompson Medical Co., West Palm Beach, FL, wants consumers to read the labels it puts on its nonprescription drugs. So it's designed new, simplified information headings to tell readers about active ingredients, uses, directions, and consumer warnings.
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American brewers exporting more to Japan

It may not balance U.S. imports of automobiles, but U.S. brewers are becoming ever more important as production and packaging houses for beer brands in Japan.
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Label market to reach $5.8 billion

U.S. demand for all labels is projected to increase 6.6% annually to reach $5.8 billion in the year 2000, says a recent study by The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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States can say no to garbage

State governors would be able to restrict the import of out-of-state garbage under a bill passed by the Senate and under consideration in the House. Until now, the courts have considered garbage to be interstate commerce that only Congress can regulate.
While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.
With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
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Steel eyes the aluminum beverage can market

This year speculation around the world says that steel may regain an appreciable part of the beverage can market it lost to aluminum-thanks to steel's favorable costs. European trend may presage a similar shift in the U.S. in the next few years.
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon (sidebar)

What about cost?
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

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