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Label reflects biscotti quality

Shortly after Ecce Panis, Carlstadt, NJ, introduced its gourmet biscotti in 8-oz bags a year ago, the company realized the package didn't do the product justice.
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California bills under fire

The Grocery Manufacturers of America sent out an urgent appeal to its California members to urge their state legislators to vote against two pending bills in the State Senate.
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Kentucky bottle bill

Legislation to establish a beverage container deposit law is expected to be introduced in the Kentucky Legislature in 2000, but a study by the University of Kentucky funded by Kentucky Grocers Assn.
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A first in peelable foil membranes

Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
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Carrot producer 'slides' to new zipper

Bakersfield, CA-based carrot producer Wm. Bolthouse Farms is among the first packaged goods manufacturers to use of the Slide-Rite(TM) zipper from Pactiv Inc.
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Sugar labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.
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Australian biotech labeling

Australia is considering changes to its Food Standards Code on labeling of genetically enhanced ingredients that are equivalent to traditional foods. In comments to Australia's Ministry of Health, GMA said labeling criteria for genetically enhanced foods should be adopted only if the information is essential to health and safety.
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Pre-made bags bring consistency

For a more consistent look for its line of frozen Mexican foods, Ruiz Food Products of Dinuba, CA, is using the Promobag(TM) from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS).
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Cigar warnings

Prompted by a sharp rise in cigar smoking, the Federal Trade Commission has asked Congress to pass legislation requiring warning labels on all cigar packaging and advertising, but FTC chairman Robert Pitofsky says the commission may go ahead and impose the requirement if Congress fails to act.
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International food labeling laws

The International Assn. of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO)--founded by the consumer advocacy groups CSPI, Japan Offspring Fund and the Food Commission UK--is urging that efforts to harmonize national food safety laws on an international basis lead to higher, not lower standards.
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PEN strikes again

Coatings and multilayer structures, not polyethylene naphthalate, have commanded center stage lately when it comes to plastic barrier bottles for beer (see Packaging World, June '99, p.
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Study tracks U.S. cap and closure shipments

U.S. shipments of caps and closures are projected to increase nearly 3% annually through 2003 to 157 billion units, according to a study called "Caps & Closures" by The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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Self-saturating swab means no-mess prep

A nurse using an iodine swab to prep a patient for surgery or IV insertion can do so quickly and cleanly with the self-saturating Betadine® PrepStick(TM) applicator from The Purdue Frederick Co., Norwalk, CT.
Products such as these General Mills cereals may state a new health claim on its boxes.
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New health claim for whole grains

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new health claim for labels of foods containing 51% or more of whole grain ingredients by weight. Labels of products meeting this standard may state: "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fats and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers." This is the eleventh health claim approved by FDA for food labels and the first one to link a food's effect with two diseases.
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Plastic pleases Mrs. Butterworth's

Mrs. Butterworth's® 24-oz syrup moved from glass to a three-layer polypropylene bottle starting August 2. This change is the first step in a national plan to phase out glass completely in all Mrs.

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