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Call for uniform food safety label system

The multiplicity of different warning labels on food packages and other consumer products is confusing to consumers and, in many cases, has led consumers to discount or disregard the warnings, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
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GMA evaluates Massachusetts plan

The GMA strongly supports the Product Stewardship Initiative that will be a central component of Massachusetts’ source reduction strategy. Under this initiative, the state works cooperatively with product manufacturers to decrease the amount of product packaging and provide for more reuse opportunities.
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Wyoming meat labeling law unconstitutional

Retailers and wholesalers who sell imported meat in Wyoming are now required to label the meat “imported” and state its country of origin, thanks to recent amendments to Wyoming’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
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FDA issues first Medication Guide

The FDA announced in late August that it had developed a Medication Guide for the prescription drug Lotronex, which is used in treatment for a form of irritable bowel syndrome.
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Perrier debuts gulpable water

The Perrier Group of America introduces its first ever PET water bottle with a 43-mm, wide-mouth opening.
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Plastics to expand through 2002

Although a lack of automation is hindering growth in productivity in the plastics industry, shipments of plastics products are expected to reach a record $145 billion by 2002.
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Paintball packs aim to protect

When Plymouth, MN-based Palco Marketing decided to change the packaging for its water-based paintballs, it teamed with Brookdale Plastics (Plymouth, MN) to create a package that would not only grab the attention of consumers, but also better protect the delicate paintballs.
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Stand-up pouch soars

A resealable, stand-up pouch for 4 lb of frozen chicken wings sold at club stores won the Golden Cylinder award for top-quality gravure printing.
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The softer side of Unilever

Just reaching store shelves nationwide is a redesigned package for 100-oz Whisk, All and Surf laundry detergent brands from Greenwich, CT-based Unilever.
Flagship product, in six sizes of PET bottles, features first-in-category holo label and a new trigger sprayer.
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Simply dazzling holo redesign

A major repackaging for Simple Green® products, set for mid-November introduction, centers on eye-catching holographic labels affixed to new PET containers.
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Snap-packed power display

Eveready launched in July the newest category of super-premium batteries, Energizer e 2 in E-SNAP™. The consumer-focused, reclosable carded clamshell package is designed to stand out in retail stores nationwide.
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PMMI's training certification plans

Packagers eager for improved competence in training leaders supplied by packaging equipment companies should be happy to hear that PMMI has begun work on a program designed for just that. This and other news from PMMI’s Sept. 19-21 meeting.
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Controlled gas permeation

Apio's new 7-item line of 12-oz packages of fresh-cut vegetables incorporates the Intellipac™ patch to yield a 17-day shelf life. Tailored to the particular veggie mix, the patch optimizes oxygen ingress and carbon dioxide egress according to prevailing temperatures. Shipping is made iceless.
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Munching at market share

In the U.K.’s highly competitive children’s fromage frais market, Munch Bunch Squeezy Pot Shots use packaging to stand out among the hand-held offerings of these creamy, yogurt-like cultured milk products. Three 40-g (1.41-oz) varieties of the Pot Shots were sold in oval-shaped containers with turn-and-tear openings.
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Holo boomerang hits Canada

A custom pattern on an embossed label featuring a holographic boomerang gave Labatt Brewing Co., London, ON, Canada, a flying start when it introduced Boomerang flavored malt liquor to the Canadian market in April.

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