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A mark of maturity for materials marketplaces

Internet-based marketplaces for materials used in packaging have come a long way since their inception. This month we’ll focus on two sites that packagers and converters can use to purchase plastics and paper.
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Communicating: Still a challenge in 21st-century technologies

We may have successfully overcome some of the minor inconveniences caused by the calendar rollover into 2000, but many of us still struggle with the many ways technology lets us communicate with each other.
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FDA proposes trans fat nutrition labeling

In a move that could lead to significant changes in nutrition labeling requirements, FDA proposed the amount of trans fatty acids, or trans fat, be included in the nutrition facts panel on food labels.
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Biotech labeling and public hearing

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, introduced a bill requiring mandatory labeling of all food products developed from or containing ingredients derived from biotechnology.
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California untaxes returnables

California has removed the sales tax from the rental of reusable pallets and containers in the agriculture industry, thereby granting reusables the same tax status as disposable pallets and corrugated boxes.
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Blister pack holds medical dosing device

Safe-T-Dose is an unusual dispensing product that becomes part of the package it’s inserted into to make it easy to dispense exact doses of liquid medicines without spills.
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Food pasteurization facility planned for late 2000

SteriGenics Intl. (Memphis, TN) expects a new “state-of-the-art” X-ray food pasteurization plant to be operational in Bridgeport, NJ, by the fourth quarter of this year.
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Mystery of the missing PMNs

The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are both scratching their figurative heads over packaging suppliers’ apparent hesitancy to use the agency’s new 120-day packaging approval program.
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New UCC variable-length codes coming

As early as next month, the Uniform Code Council (Lawrenceville, NJ) will begin issuing variable-length UCC company prefixes for only UCC-12 identification numbers that begin with the numerals one, eight or nine.
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'Andro' label warnings

To settle complaints brought by the Federal Trade Commission, two large manufacturers of sports nutrition supplements containing androstenedione, or “andro,” have agreed to include label warnings about harmful side effects.
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Plastics industry lags in e-commerce

The latest research from Kline & Co. (Little Falls, NJ) maintains that plastics industry participants have been slow to launch e-commerce initiatives.
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Emballage teams up with IPA 2000

France's leading trade show organizer, Exposium (Charlotte, NC), has announced that, for the first time, IPA 2000, theWorld Food Process Exhibition, will be held in conjunction with Emballage 2000, the 34th Intl.
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Recycled content bill

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a measure that would require a minimum recycled content for plastic containers of 25%, to be phased in over four years, with 10% recycled content required by 2001, 20% by 2003 and 25% by 2005.
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Ordering spare parts via the Web

One of the promises of the Web is its ability to let vendors offer customers immediate access to critical business information such as vendor inventory.
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Beverage containers to exceed 217 billion in 2003

According to a recent study from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH), demand for beverage containers is projected to advance at an annual pace of 2.2% through 2003, reaching 217 billion units.

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