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Defending plastic packaging

GMA and the American Plastics Council have teamed up to counter what they say are misleading and inaccurate allegations about plastics and plastic food packaging.
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IFT FOOD PACKAGING DIV. MEETS

Packaging for the New Millennium: an Industry Perspective and Safety Strategies for Meal Solutions are the two programs scheduled for the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists' Food Packaging Div.
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DUPONT AWARDS

DuPont announces the call for entries for the thirteenth- annual DuPont Awards for Innovation in Food Processing and Packaging. The competition includes both food and nonfood packs.
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INTERPACK 99

A total of 2귔 exhibitors from 53 countries and 175ꯠ visitors from 105 nations made interpack 99 a "resounding success," says Ernst H. Berndl, interpack 99 president.
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News from PMMI

• Carl Dooley, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Assn./Food Products Assn.
Changing out a sensor or other device is as easy as plugging it into the Profibus bus expansion module
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PC control grows up (sidebar)

Industrial network saves time
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Tinted bottles shield milk from UV light

When it comes to milk jugs, "Yellow is better," according to Smith Dairy Products, maker of the opaque yellow "Super Jug" of milk. The extrusion-blown, high-density polyethylene jug blocks out ultraviolet light emanating from fluorescent lighting in the supermarket dairy case or from the sun itself, according to the company.
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Redesigned handbook glamorizes fiberboard boxes

Y2K is one of the hottest topics as we approach the new millennium. But the years 2002 and 2003 are significant to fiberboard packaging because those years mark the 100th Anniversary of the development of solid fiber boxes, and corrugated's first approval as a valid shipping material, respectively.
These plastic drums, ready for filling, are labeled with appropriate warnings for hazardous materials
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Anchors aweigh

U.S. pushes for total rewrite of international maritime packaging rules for hazardous materials.
Boxes of Sunlight laundry detergent, conveying upside down, are bottom-sealed (above) after scoop dropping and filling. At the p
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PLS speeds changeover, boosts reliability for Lever

A programmable limit switch speeds changeover and extends capabilities of new hot melt applicator and rebuilt filler.
Jeff Coppola, vice president of logistics at ASR (above), inspects packages of razors as they come off the line. ASR packages o
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Valuable relationship shaves time

By having one dedicated flexible packaging vendor, American Safety Razor has slashed order lead times and improved quality.
S leeves for digital camera bags (left) allow  consumers easy access inside the bag and highlight how the bag should be used. ca
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Paperboard packs award-winning punch

Award winners in this year's Paperboard Packaging Competition range from digital camera bag sleeves to catheter cards to bagel cartons.
Excel?s training kit for new representatives (above) holds a variety of media in  different levels in the thermoform. For this p
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Trays for audio/visual media 'serve and protect'

For trays that hold cassettes, CDs and video tapes, Vinylweld shifts to new PVC sheet that holds tolerances and protects the media.
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Genetic food labeling

In what could evolve into an international food fight that threatens U.S. exports, opposition to genetically modified food is growing in Europe. In late April, Britain's largest grocery chain, Tesco, announced it would phase out such food products and would try to deal with suppliers whose products are not made from genetically altered crops.
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One for all

To best profit from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), North American manufacturers should be aiming at one product, one package and one label for U.S., Mexican and Canadian markets, according to the North American Alliance, which includes the trade associations GMA, Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada and ConMexico.

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