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New year queries: Are you euro conversant? Are you Y2K compliant?

Tick...tick...tick...A quickie quiz to open the new year. A euro is: A. The hood ornament of a German sports car.
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Neways is one of the largest manufacturers of personal care and nutritional supplement products. Its new labelers operate at sp
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Labelers deliver quick changeover

Neways' p-s labeling equipment accommodates a wide variety of containers, speeds product changeover by 30% and reduces rejects ten-fold.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
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PMMI announces partnership

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) and Brasil Rio of S"o Paulo, Brazil, have announced a joint venture to create a new packaging trade show for South America.
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Smurfit-Stone merger closed

Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit Corp. and Chicago-based Stone Container Corp. announced November 18 the consummation of the merger between a wholy owned subsidiary of Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container.
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Composite canister ousts steel can for nuts

Gone are 603 x 408 steel cans for foodservice nut products at Azar Nuts of El Paso, TX. Foodservice vice president Gary Stewart couldn't be happier.
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Snappy new labels update Snapple bottles

For its 32-oz bottles of Snapple sold in convenience stores, Triarc Beverage needed a tough label with better water resistance than the paper or paper/film laminations it was using.
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Kodak shoots for better labels

Kodak's Health Imaging facility in Windsor, CO, switched suppliers of thermal-transfer print ribbons primarily to gain greater print consistency and clarity on its labels.
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Antibacterial claims misleading?

Many types of household products sporting "antibacterial" labels are being snapped up by germ-wary consumers, but there is growing concern among government regulators and health professionals that many labels are misleading.
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Chips-and-salsa MAP pack debuts

The creative minds behind the AriZona Beverages brand have made their first major foray into food, launching a unique salsa-and-chips meal kit (pictured is a prototype)under the new Blue Luna Café brand.
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Unusual pouch springs forth at Interbev

Spotted at Interbev '98 in Dallas this October was a most intriguing stand-up pouch for Naturelle Spring Water(TM). The 200-mL (6.75 oz) pouches are marketed by SaddleSprings Beverage Co.
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In brief

A new Congress means another attempt by the food industry to enact the National Uniformity for Food Act, legislation establishing, among other things, a uniform system of labeling requirements...USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will postpone eliminating face-to-face meetings to approve labels, as planned.
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Irradiation labeling

FDA is taking too long to issue its final changes in labeling requirements for irradiated foods, complained the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) in testimony before the House Commerce Committee in October.

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