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Survey shows mixed feelings on GE foods

An in-depth survey by the Center for Science in the Public Interest of consumer views on labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods showed broad but limited support for labeling and demonstrated the difficulties of ensuring fairness in labeling.
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Don't eat the plants

FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning to consumers not to eat a poisonous flowering perennial plant known as Aconitum carmichaelii “Arendsii,” commonly called autumn monkshood.
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Allergen labeling

The Food and Drug Administration’s study indicating that dangerous allergens are not being properly listed on food labels stirred up a hornet’s nest. The agency released the “Statement of Policy for Labeling and Preventing Cross-Contact of Common Food Allergens,” and Rep.
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Label does the twist for Jim Beam Brands

To give its traditional packaging a new twist, Jim Beam Brands began marketing its DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps in glass bottles decorated with CCL Label’s (Rosemont, IL) Spinformation® label in March.
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Cost savings drive changes

Inside the box thinking is yielding savings for Western Digital Corp., Lake Forest, CA, which changed its protective packaging in Nov. ’00 for a six-item line of hard drives sold in the United States.
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X-rays develop in packaged foods

United Kingdom-based plants of Nestlé, Unilever, and Thorntons Plc are among the first to use an enhanced Advanced X-ray Inspection System (AXIS) to inspect trayed salads, wrapped baked goods, and packaged candy, among others.
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Impressions from WestPack

The king is dead. . . What once was one of the most interesting and fun national shows deteriorated this year into what looked like urban renewal--there were so many empty spaces throughout the exhibit floor.
Shipped flat, the cushions are inflated using this manual bench-top system. IKON plans to install more automatic inflation devic
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IKON polishes image with air cradles

Inflated cushions now cradle toner cartridges in shipping packs from two remanufacturing plants, reducing damage while enhancing satisfaction.
Forklift pickup channels, clearly visible at the base of the machine, make it easy to transport the machine from one packing she
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Bottom taper coddles fruit

This automated case taper has special gear that helps protect delicate fruit during distribution. It runs at a steady 54 boxes/min and can be forklifted from place to place.
From left to right: Bob Heitzman, PEF board member and publisher of <I>Packaging Digest;</I> Bill Cobert, president and CEO of C
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PEF receives donation from Canon

Canon Communications LLC's President and CEO, William F. Cobert, opened the WestPack 2001 trade show in Anaheim, CA, on June 19 as the new owner of the event. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Canon (Los Angeles, CA) presented a donation of $25ꯠ to the Packaging Education Forum (Arlington, VA).
Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP (sidebar)

Robotic wizardry
Household chemical category: gold to Twin City Bottle (Minneapolis, MN) and The Caldrea Co. for a bottle and closure for home ca
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Other NACD winners

Listed below are the NACD winners in the other six categories.
General industrial and automotive: gold to North Pak Palmer Container (Twinsburg, OH) and Ashland Chemical for an F-style can an
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Other NACD winners cont.

General industrial and automotive: gold to North Pak Palmer Container (Twinsburg, OH) and Ashland Chemical for an F-style can and spout for insulation adhesives; silver to Richards Packaging and Bardahl for a bottle and closure for a custom designed bottle for automotive chemicals; bronze to TricorBraun and Senoret Chemical for a bottle and dispensing closure for a pesticide.
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Quality product, quality coding

“It’s too easy to spend time and money on the best ingredients, careful production, and attractive packaging only to destroy the quality feel by poor printing of the ‘use-by’ date and batch number on the pack.” Sales director David Marx of Giles Foods knows whereof he speaks. His firm, based in Milton Keynes, England, supplies a range of quiches and specialty breads to major food retailers in the United Kingdom.

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