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Cancer panel says smokers being mislead by packaging

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pondering recommendations by an ad hoc committee of the President's Cancer Panel, which said cigarette packaging misleads smokers by listing very low tar and nicotine contents and not indicating how much a smoker might actually inhale.
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When counterfeiters can reproduce holograms like those that appear on Microsoft?s packaging, it?s almost impossible to police pi
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Chesebrough decision strips away protection

If an appellate court decision stands, protection has narrowed for trade dress in packaging. P&G's newest suits could prove troublesome.
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When 'green' fails at the cash register

Consumers are proving that it isn't enough for packaging to be demonstrably better for the environment than the packaging used for a competitive product.
American Ingredients began using intermediate bulk containers instead of steel drums for shipments of its cooking oils to custom
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American Ingredients 'sells' disposability

The replacement of steel drums with a biodegradable, corrugated intermediate bulk container surprises American Ingredients with extra benefits in production and sales.
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Elder-Friendly Rules May Eliminate Some Child-Resistant Packages

Ever since President Nixon signed the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) into law in 1970, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been fielding complaints from adults who feel some child-resistant (CR) packages are too hard to open.
Side view of the thermoformed PVC tray shows its 3 1/2? depth
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Packaging helps a new market blossom

California flower grower enters the foodservice market by developing an MAP packaging system that's right at home in the refrigerated foodservice distribution chain.
For the 4-oz ?dairy? line, foil cups (right) have been replaced by a ramekin-style cup (center), and a redesigned folding carton
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology

Package redesign enhances images of upscale cheeses. New MAP package is a first for dairy while another pack pioneers an injection-molding method.
The customized slave pallet, shown above left and below, provides an assembly base for the sterilizer. Pieces of the sterilizer
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Multiple materials protect international shipments

Amsco integrates fabricated and molded foam, corrugated and plywood to protect $35ꯠ medical sterilizer. Along with absorbing shock and providing cushioning, the new pack also provides an assembly base.
Nature?s Way uses both mouth seals and shrink bands on all of its bottles (above), whether OTC drugs or not. The company?s blist
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Drug makers worry over new FDA rules

Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.
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PP bottles, PET film boast PCR content

Colgate-Palmolive's Murphy's oil soap has been in translucent blow-molded polypropylene bottles for years, and the New York-based firm had no desire to switch.
Humco president Tom DeGreve likes the speed and accuracy of his recently installed liquid filler, but its automatic clean-in-pla
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Filler makes changeover a breeze

Tough-to-clean OTC pharmaceutical products like iodine and mercurochrome are no problem at changeover time since Humco installed a filler with automatic clean-in-place capabilities.
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Inventive use of OPP

When the Price Club chain asked the Quebec Division of Toronto-based Daltons Inc. to begin supplying its line of nuts and dried fruits in a high-barrier reclosable package, Daltons agreed.
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Food label info accurate, says FDA

Most food marketers use accurate data in the Nutrition Facts panels that began to appear on packages earlier this year. So reported Dr. David Kessler, FDA commissioner, in mid-December about a random sampling of 300 products taken off grocery store shelves.
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New carrier packs high visibility

General MIlls' Yoplait® brand yogurt in 4-oz cups has been switched from four-and eight-count multipack carriers to a six-pack configuration. The change meets a customer need, says Barry Wagoner, public relations manager at the Minneapolis-based company.
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P&G shows source reduction progress at Pack Expo

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has little choice but to continue seeking ways to meet the consumer need for environmentally sensitive packaging the same way it strives to meet other consumer needs.

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