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FDA finds label listings lacking

A two-year study by the Food and Drug Administration of some 85 food manufacturers in Minnesota and Wisconsin revealed that dangerous, potentially fatal allergens are not being properly listed on food labels.
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USDA extends comment period for meat nutrition labeling

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has granted a 90-day extension, to July 18, 2001, for new rules on mandatory nutrition labeling of ground or chopped meat and poultry products.
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Glue stabilizes Pepsi bottler's pallets

In January, Pepsi-Cola/Dr. Pepper franchise bottler Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. began to lower its costs by employing a new pallet stabilization system from Nordson (Duluth, GA).
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Top Oil counters with 'Super' decoration

As this issue goes to press, Asian automotive distributors are beginning to sell a new motor oil line armed with special front-and-back bottle decorations that fight counterfeiting.
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Aseptic soymilk pack: first to be square

Hain Celestial Group introduced Westsoy Smart Plus soymilk in a square, 35-oz aseptic package that features a resealable, screw-top closure.
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A sleeve-label solution

Caprice des Dieux is a popular cheese brand in France immediately recognized by its oval-shaped, blue paperboard carton. So when French cheese marketer Bressor launched a brand extension called Caprice des Anges, it was essential that the new product’s packaging build on the equity already established by its Caprice des Dieux.
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Nabisco wins with inserter

Thanks in part to an inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL), lucky Nabisco consumers nationwide will find a winning game piece at the bottom of their Planters’ Cheeze Mania canisters.
Attendees included converters, packagers, converting machinery builders, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers.
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OMAC picks up speed

P&G, Hershey, M&M Mars indicate that OMAC involvement has already helped their bottom lines. Also, new PackML group formed to tackle naming convention guidelines for machine states.
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OMAC picks up speed (sidebar)

The converting connection
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
12 bottles are gripped mechanically by their necks and rotated 180?
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Blow molder's bottle handling goes turnkey

As more distillery customers wanted bottles packed in reshippers, Captive Plastics installed a turnkey system that erects cases, loads partitions, and inverts freshly blown bottles.
The redesigned package (right) is considerably shorter than its precedessor. (left).
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Machines and materials click at Superior

A redesigned vinyl clamshell at Superior Communications looks better and costs less. Customized automatic sealing equipment completes the picture.
Acolorful paperboard sleeve delivers shelf impact, while the CPET tray lets consumers cook the meals right in the package.
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Case-ready fish in a cook-in tray

OceanPro launches its Fish N’ Easy brand of fresh fish in a cook-in CPET tray. Refrigerated shelf life is 11 days, enough to give retailers two weekends to make the sale.
A hole in the paperboard sleeve exposes the one-way valve so that internal gas pressure created by the respiring vegetables can
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Dream Steam comes to the U.S.

Food science joins plastic packaging technology in a new MAP package that lets consumers cook a fresh gourmet meal in minutes.
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Dream Stream comes to the U.S. (sidebar)

Foam barrier tray, too

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