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Tampon labeling

FDA is seeking suggestions for a new category name for a tampon that absorbs 15 to 18 g of fluid. It has suggested "ultra absorbency." The new category would be added to "junior," "regular," "super" and "super plus," each of which has an established absorbency level ranging from 6 to 15 g under the 1990 tampon labeling regulation.
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EC on labeling of GMOs

The European Commission announced it will propose a draft regulation on the labeling of food additives and flavorings produced by genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Multipacker makes the grade at Buffalo Rock

The country's largest family-owned Pepsi bottler, Buffalo Rock Bottling Co. of Birmingham, AL, recently installed a new multipacker selected for its high-speed and quick-changeover capabilities.
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Country-of-origin labeling bills anew

Several new bills have been introduced in Congress to require country-of-origin labeling on products containing imported meat and meat products. The bills would amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act so that packaging not containing a label identifying the country of origin of imported meat and meat products would be considered misbranded.
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Oscar Mayer extends Carving Board line with MAP pack

Fully cooked, refrigerated, ready-to-eat chicken breast strips have been added to the Louis Rich Carving Board line from Oscar Mayer Foods. When asked about packaging materials and suppliers, about all the Madison, WI, firm would say is that modified-atmosphere packaging is used.
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Defending Miller's plastic beer bottle

Ever since Miller Brewing announced a major test of plastic beer bottles, the Milwaukee-based brewer has been roundly criticized by environmental groups.
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Irradiating hot dogs?

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, American Meat Institute president J. Patrick Boyle applauded the proposed rule allowing red meat irradiation, but urged Glickman to petition FDA for approval of low-dose irradiation for all ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
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Jays chips in holographic lidding

Jays Foods hopes consumers "can't stop eating" its new tray-packed E-Z Dippin's(TM) single-serve chip and dip snacks. Last month, five varieties of the shelf-stable snacks were rolled out in Chicago supermarkets, convenience stores and other outlets.
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BATF floats alcohol packaging restrictions

As part of its ongoing effort to combat underage drinking, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments on a rule to stop the misleading packaging of alcohol products, especially those that would be attractive to children.
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Bottle shape reflects product qualities

For its new line of Neutrogena Clean(TM) shampoos and conditioners, Los Angeles-based Neutrogena Corp. chose clean, classic bottles to suggest the concept of "clean" that underlies the new launch.
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Brighter label for baked beans

To differentiate its product in the supermarket aisle, Tri Valley Growers has changed to a brighter, more eye-catching label for its 15.5-oz cans of S&W Baked Beans.
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President's award winner

The winner of this year's President's Award in the annual competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn. goes to Duralam (Appleton, WI) for a line of Jobe's®-brand plant food spikes in stand-up pouches.
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Vf/f/s machine 'Advances' frozen chicken intro

Enid, OK-based Advance Food Company is rolling out its new Easy Beginnings line of cooked and seasoned chicken breast filets and slices. Easy Beginnings are filled, distributed and sold frozen in a 24-oz resealable bag similar to the printed mock-up shown.
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Sodium nitrite labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers of America is urging California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) not to list sodium nitrite as a "developmental toxicant" under the state's Proposition 65 chemical warning label law.
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Court criticizes FDA on rejected claims

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, considered the most influential court of appeals on regulatory matters, essentially rejected FDA's high-handed approach to denying health claims deemed lacking "significant scientific agreement." It faulted the agency for failing to define "significant scientific agreement" and for refusing even to consider allowing manufacturers to make some label claims as long as they're mitigated by an FDA-approved disclaimer statement.

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