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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard

In August, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workplace Preservation Act sponsored by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO). It requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to delay issuing an ergonomics standard until the National Academy of Sciences releases its study on whether there is sufficient "sound science" to establish a causal link between musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the workplace.
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U.S. Dominance

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute reports that, according to the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Assns, the U.S. remains the worldwide leader in packaging machinery and parts sales with $5.625 billion in product sold in 1998.
The palletizer offloads the full pallet onto the automated transfer car (left), which moves on tracks embedded in the floor. The
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Overhead carriage wrapping averts product damage

Red Devil, a manufacturer of caulk, sealants and spackling compounds, eliminated product damage by switching to stretch wrappers that move film around a stationary load rather than spinning the load on a turntable.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Single food agency

Representatives of both the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) and GMA told a Senate subcommittee that a coordinated approach is preferable to a single food safety agency.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Biotech food labeling

Consumers Union, a leading consumer advocacy organization, is the latest to weigh in on behalf of special labeling of biotech foods. In what is shaping up as a national and international controversy, the organization called on the government to require labeling of any domestic or foreign food product containing genetically modified ingredients.
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Custom bottle 'juices' Odwalla

Last month, beverage marketer Odwalla, Inc. introduced a custom-designed bottle for its 450-mL and 325-mL refrigerated juices that it says extends shelf life by 40% compared to a previous bottle.
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Form reveals function for 'Expandable' containers

E.S. Robbins, manufacturer of the Expandables(TM) line of polypropylene storage containers, was faced with a daunting task: Convey to consumers the function of these uncommon expanding containers within the limited space of the package.
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Bayer kicks the cotton habit

Without much to-do, Bayer Corp. discontinued the use of its familiar cotton wad from its Bayer aspirin bottles last January. Bayer had been using the cotton for most of the century to keep fragile aspirin tablets from breaking during shipment, says Anne Coiley, manager of public relations for the Pittsburgh, PA, company.
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Call for entries

The Foodservice & Packaging Institute announces a first-ever foodservice packaging award program honoring the Foodservice Package of the Century. The awards program is open to all manufacturers of foodservice packaging and machinery operating in the U.S.
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Anheuser-Busch recalls European beer in glass

The nation's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch, last month recalled nearly six million bottles of beer in 12 European countries because of safety concerns.
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Kraft executes sly redesign

The packaging for Kraft's Cracker Barrel® 10-oz cheese blocks underwent a significant change a year ago, but Kraft is hoping consumers won't notice.
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1999 inductees into the PEF Hall of Fame

Newly elected to the Packaging Education Forum's Packaging Hall of Fame are three inductees selected from 20 candidates submitted earlier this year.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Supplement labels

In written testimony to FDA on structure/function claims for dietary supplements, Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) says that while consumer safety is obviously FDA's top priority, real risks are few and far between.
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Hanes pack redesign makes shopping simpler

Hanes Her Way® is trying to make it easier for women to shop for underwear with its new package redesign. In stores nationwide since June, the redesigned package features bold color blocks and larger, more prominent copy, making it easier for women to distinguish the underwear's size, style, fabric, color and how many pairs are in a pack.
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Kellogg cereal in linerless gabletop carton

In recent years, cereal marketers have turned to flexible pouches and bags to differentiate their products from traditional bag-in-box offerings. Kellogg, however, took a different tack in introducing Special K Plus(TM).

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