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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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Country of origin labeling a marketing, not a safety issue

Opponents of a bill, sponsored by Idaho Representative Helen Chenoweth-Hage requiring mandatory country-of-origin labeling for the livestock in meat and meat products, told a House Agriculture Subcommittee that such a requirement would impose significant burdens on the food industry, be extremely costly, and would damage U.S. ability to export its meats.
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Attacks on irradiation misplaced, say food organizations

According to the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), a recent report attacking food irradiation by the public interest group Public Citizen hinders food safety efforts.
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Whiskey decanter hits Europe

Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, KY, used a fluted, flint bottle decorated with a white-and-gold applied ceramic label and a gold-plated medal to introduce the third, in its series of seven, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey decanters. This third special decanter commemorates the gold medal that Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey won at the World Exposition in Ghent, Belgium, in 1913. It was introduced to the European market in November 2000.
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PET pack added to mayo spread

Bestfoods has added a squeezable, clear PET container to its Hellman’s mayonnaise line, which is packaged in standard glass containers. The new 18-oz Big Squeeze container is topped off with a 0.250”-orificed polypropylene flip-top dispensing closure, pigmented in dark and light blue.
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Pliant launches company Web site

www.pliantcorp.com is the new Web site location for flexible packaging supplier Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
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Beware the fine print

To overhaul the drug warnings to physicians usually found in fine print on drug packages or package inserts, the Food and Drug Administration proposed new regulations for new prescription drug packaging.
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Alluring bottle design

WMN line of body cleansers and lotions from Sexy Hair Concepts/Formulas by Ecoly, Chatsworth, CA, is encased in a frosted-white high-density polyethylene bottle, blow-molded to resemble a woman in a sleek evening gown.
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Packs switch to shrink film

Avalon Beverage Co., Glen Allen, VA, is packaging Avalon® Natural Spring Water multipacks in flexo-printed LDPE shrink film supplied by Sonoco Flexible Packaging.
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Survey: packaging suppliers plan their own e-commerce

According to a recently concluded e-commerce intentions survey conducted on Packworld.com, nearly one-half of 280 packaging suppliers voted their own Web sites as the most likely sources of e-commerce revenue.
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PACK EXPO Stats

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA), sponsors and producers of Pack Expo International, reports that total attendance (including exhibitors) at Pack Expo International 2000 was 75꽸.
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International agreements

IWK Packaging Inc. (Karlsruhe, Germany) and R.A. Jones & Co. Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) are joining in an effort to expand globalization.
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Appointments, promotions

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Still good the second time around

Two months ago, we mentioned in this space the ease of ordering sensors for packaging machinery from sensor maker Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN).

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