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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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No Listeria labeling

Contrary to earlier reports, USDA is backing off the idea of labels warning of possible Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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Hormel expanding MAP-packed pork

Hormel Foods, Austin, MN, believes it now has a long-shelf-life package system that delivers prepackaged pork cuts through a supermarket chain's warehouse.
Taylor Made?s Moisture Block? sleeve is said to protect golf balls from absorbing moisture, which causes velocity loss in the b
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Can packaging improve one's golf game?

An innovative plastic 'sleeve' keeps golf balls fresh while providing an excellent barrier to distance-robbing moisture.
Bottle finish diagrams and plastic resin characteristies are two examples of hands-on packaging knowledge offered at Berlin Pack
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Capsule reviews

Here are a few brief reviews of packaging-related Web sites. Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM), located at www.lasertechnics.com, has a site that makes a basic, though well-written, pitch for laser coding.
As a case moves down a powered roller conveyor, its bar code is scanned. This information is sent directly across an industri
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Controls system simplifies automatic case sortation

In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
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Machinery sales to be robust, PMMI says

Sales of packaging machinery in the U.S. this year is expected to be up by about 6%, according to new research for the Packaging Machinery manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
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Sidewalk Cafe pack 'sticks' out

In Target department stores nationwide, Fullerton, CA-based Hunt-Wesson is testing 1-oz Slim Stick(TM) packs of Swiss Miss® Sidewalk Caf/® instant cappuccino in six-count cartons.
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Snapple continues innovative packaging tradition

Snapple's new beverage line seems to have all the "elements" of effective packaging: an eye-catching glass bottle, a sophisticated label with deep, blazing color and even a surprise graphic element on the label that is revealed only when the bottle is empty.
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Somewhere, over-the-counter, the FDA waits for drug packers

OTC drug makers will have to become packaging 'wizards' to fit new Drug Facts information on cartons, containers, tubes and bottles.
An operator at AAP St. Marys (above) places an aluminum wheel in the molded recess of a high-density polyethylene tray. Each lay
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Wheel manufacturer eliminates quality defects

An aluminum wheel manufacturer switches from polyethylene foam to polypropylene foam to cushion its wheels for overseas shipment, saving the company the costs of repairing damaged wheels.
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Congress hears an earful about country-of-origin labeling

Testifying before a House Agriculture Subcommittee, representatives of food trade associations gave a resounding "no" to country-of-origin labeling legislation that requires disclosure of the origins of specific ingredients as well as the product itself.
Mead Johnson?s use of the nonround paper/foil canister marked the second commercial application of this new package. While th
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Unconventional packaging fuels a product launch

A nonround canister and a 12-count 'purse pack' are the package formats chosen by Mead Johnson to launch a new kind of calcium supplement called Viactiv.

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