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Ink-jet coder doesn't horse around

English horse-feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell of Kettering, Northants, needed a new method of coding information onto the sides of its feed bags—preferably one as sturdy as the horses consuming the feed.
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Blister standards higher than cap-and-vial, says HCPC

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed a set of mandatory child-resistant packaging requirements for drugs that are switched from prescription to over-the-counter status.
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Eggs-actly

On Nov. 30, 2000, Food and Drug Administration issued a final regulation requiring safe handling instructions on egg cartons. Within nine months, egg cartons must bear the following statement: “Safe Handling Instructions: To prevent illness from bacteria, keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.” The regulation also requires that eggs delivered to retail establishments be promptly refrigerated at 45°F or lower.
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New packaging guide

The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council, part of the Flexible Packaging Assn., has produced a packaging guide for medical products that is under review by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
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GMA cheers label

In a letter to an official of the Food Directorate at Health Canada, Grocery Manufacturers of America said it strongly supports Canada’s development of a consistent science-based nutrition label to help Canadians make more informed decisions about their food choices.
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Relocations, expansions

Ramsey Technology (Minneapolis, MN), has changed its name to Thermo Ramsey as part of a new corporate identity strategy; Goring Kerr (Minneapolis, MN) has changed its name to Thermo Goring Kerr; Allen Coding Systems (Minneapolis, MN) has changed its name to Thermo Allen Coding USA.
Alison Kayser (left), DuPont, medical packaging engineer and Rochester Institute of Technology alumna, and Maura Scanlon, packag
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Sealed Air Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ) has acquired Shanklin Corp. (Ayer, MA). SWF Co. (Sanger, CA) has acquired Salwasser Mfg.
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Creating a softer side for Softsoap

In a shift from the traditional straight lines of the old Softsoap® container, Colgate, with the help of IDI (New York, NY), has changed the look of its hand soap package to give it a rounder and softer appearance.
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Sticking with tradition

Red Gold, Inc. turned to design consultancy Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) to revitalize the packaging for its line of canned tomato and tomato-based products.
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An organic original

Sweet Organics, a new line of organic snacks from Seasons’ Enterprises, is setting a precedent in the growing market of organic sweets. To help develop a totally new brand identity for his company’s snacks, president Michael Season called on longtime partner Maddock Douglas (Elmhurst, IL).
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Bionic design

When Hydrade Beverage Co. was looking for a design company to put life into its new product, it turned to Sibley Peteet Design (Austin, TX). According to the company, the product, a “high-speed” energy drink, is the only sports beverage that contains glycerol, which research shows to be the ingredient that best hydrates the body.
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Tressa touts 'tri' container

To promote its line of Complexes™ hair-care offerings, Tressa, Inc. is selling 3-oz trial packs unitized in what Tressa calls its “TryPack.”Supplied by TricorBraun (St.
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Water tastes

from InterBev 2000: New aroma technology has been adapted to packaging technology by Scentsational Products Inc., a manufacturer of fruit-fragrance-infused closures.
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New health claim for heart disease

The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new health claim for food labels linking plant sterol or plant stanol to a reduction in coronary heart disease.
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Vampires maybe, cholesterol no

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is advising consumers that many label and ad claims that garlic supplements lower cholesterol are false and misleading.

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