Gorton's of Gloucester operated with an HACCP program 20 years before it was required, and its packaging has several control poi
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Something fishy about HACCP

FDA and USDA plan to re-examine seafood and meat inspection programs, and to consider possible tightening of regulations.
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Where packaging meets logistics, Nordic style

Edited copies of presentations at a Danish symposium are bound into a 106-page volume that largely examines transit packaging and how it fits into a company’s logistics plan.
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Snooping on the competition

So many Web-based databases (of suppliers, products, packages, what have you) promise great information, but my experience is that few deliver.
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PET paint can is a first

Kalon Decorative Products of Birstall, England, is believed to be the first to offer oil-based paints in a one-piece polyethylene terephthalate lever-lid container.
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FPA annual meeting

George Will, one of the nation’s most respected journalists and political commentators, will give the keynote address at the Feb. 28-Mar. 2 annual meeting of the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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Another big year for robotics

The North American Robotics industry is on course to top more than $1 billion in new orders and shipments for the fourth straight year, according to new statistics released by the Ann Arbor, MI-based Robotic Industries Association.
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A 'greener' way to decorate

VOSS of Oslo, Norway, is the first beverage plant licensee of RevTech’s Envirogluv™ glass decorating technology. In fact, it’s the first application of the technology used by a packager other than Revlon, RevTech’s former parent company, which has used it on glass containers of nail polish and makeup for several years.
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New double-bag system in Japan

An unusual double-bag system is being used for delivery of liquid for enteral nutrition in various Japanese hospitals. The system includes an aseptically filled inner Elopouch® bag, the kind often used for UHT milks.
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Dialing into new packaging

Variotec Innovative Packaging Systems (Kaufbeuren, Germany) has launched a new dispensing concept called Dialpack. First used in Germany in 1999 for Variotec’s own Variosun brand sunscreen, the Dialpack system allows consumers to select their preferred level of SPF protection between every application. A dial on the front panel of the polypropylene “bottle” can be adjusted to meet specific sunscreen needs.
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Organic labeling finalized

It took 10 years, but in December 2000 the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture published its official definition of “organic” and established rules for both raw and processed foods that bear the USDA Organic seal.
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Stop faulty garlic claims

The Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted formal petitions to both Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission in December to halt labeling and advertising claims that garlic supplements reduce cholesterol by some manufacturers of dietary supplements.
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Korea bows to U.S. pressure

Korea’s new country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef and pork products were due to take effect on January 1, but at the last moment, the Korean Government agreed to a request by USDA and the Office of the U.S.
Schneider Packaging (Brewerton, NY) has added 35,000 sq' of new plant and mfg. space located adjacent to its current headquarter
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Relocations, expansions

Captive Plastics (Piscataway, NJ) has added a controlled-environment production area to its Phillipsburg, NJ, facility. —Dow Performance Foams (Midland, MI) has announced the plans for a new production line to be added to each of its mfg.
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International agreements

WCM-Beteiligungs und Grundbesitz AG (Frankfurt, Germany) has acquired 40% of the outstanding shares of Klöckner-Werke AG (Duisburg, Germany).
PMMI executive board officers: (from left) Charles D. Yuska, Bernard M. McPheely, Mel Bahr, Robert S. Potdevin.
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Appointments, promotions

Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA): John W. Consay, to replace retiree William J. Avery, CEO. —Multisorb Technologies, Inc. (Buffalo, NY): Mark E.

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