Joe Kimbrell, Rovema
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Machine builders debate PC vs PLC control

Part two of our report on PC vs PLC control for packaging machinery, from the perspective of design engineers at leading packaging machinery builders.
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PW launches new site

Auto Notification and QuickSearch technology make searching PW's site faster than ever.
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Report plots growth of PET used in packaging

According to a recent study by Tecnon (UK) Ltd. (London, England), global consumption of polyethylene terephthalate resin used in packaging applications will rise from 4.45 million tons in 1997 to 11.53 million tons in 2007.
Products such as these may soon be able to claim they help prevent heart disease.
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FDA urged to approve soy health claim

The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America are urging FDA to approve a pending health claim for labels that links soy protein with the prevention of coronary heart disease.
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FTC cracks down on antibacterial claims

With an increasing number of products calling themselves "antibacterial" on labels and in advertising, the Federal Trade Commission has signaled its intention to crack down on germ-fighting claims that cannot be substantiated.
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Almost ready-to-eat

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has decided to drop frozen entrees containing a combination of fully cooked meat and/or poultry products and uncooked nonmeat ingredients from its definition of "ready-to-eat" foods.
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Heinz ketchup labels cop an attitude

In the first major label change on Heinz ketchup bottles since the venerable product debuted in 1876, the words "Tomato Ketchup" will be replaced with comical messages directed at teens.
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Packagers clamor for control standards

The proliferation of incompatible motion control technologies on packaging machinery is straining the engineering resources at large consumer products manufacturers.
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Bayer pours into lawn-and-garden containers

Spotted at the August National Hardware Show in Chicago were containers from Bayer-Pursell that are notable for their combination of functionality and good looks.
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Paperboard rounds serve refrigerated pancakes

Spotted at WestPack in September was a colorful round paperboard container that holds six ready-to-eat pancakes introduced earlier this year by Spartan Foods of America, Spartanburg, SC.
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Bug bomb blow up

It took 12 years, but the EPA finally issued a new rule on the labeling of aerosol foggers or "bug bombs." As of Oct. 1, the labels of total-release foggers must warn that they can cause a fire or explosion if used improperly.
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Drug packaging regs

Packaging for an approved new drug may be affected by FDA's proposed amendments to its new drug regulations. At issue is when any change to an approved new drug requires the filing of a supplemental new drug application (SNDA), when FDA prior approval is needed, and when a notice in an annual report is sufficient.
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Coca-Cola's barrier technology to double PET shelf life

Just as this issue was about to go to press, The Coca-Cola Company announced a stunning development, BESTPET(TM) (Barrier Enhanced Silica Treated polyethylene terephthalate).
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Canada chimes in on biotech labeling

Canada is among the latest countries to take action on labeling of genetically modified food products. In September, the Agriculture Ministry announced it is seeking to develop a voluntary labeling standard for these foods.
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New technology blocks light from Beck's Light beer

New glassmaking technology, patented in Europe by Nienburger Glas GmbH (Nienburg, Germany) adds an effective ultraviolet light barrier to clear glass bottles that are now being filled with Beck's Light.

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