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Irradiation update

On August 17, FDA modified its labeling requirements for irradiated foods, eliminating the requirement that the irradiation disclosure be displayed prominently.
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Fresh graphics for U.K. water bottler

Applied ceramic labeling has revitalized the 250- and 750-ml fluted white flint glass containers of natural mineral water from Decantae Mineral Water Ltd.
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Quaker, Graham announce plant-within-a-plant

Chicago-based Quaker Oats and Graham Packaging of York, PA, have announced plans to establish a plant-within-a-plant to blow mold hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate bottles for Gatorade® Thirst Quencher.
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Spam wears two-pc container well

In July '98, Austin, MN-based Hormel Foods began a transition from three-piece to two-piece aluminum cans for its well-known SPAM® line. Hormel's aluminum can and end supplier, Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA), began production on an easy-open (EZO) two-piece drawn-and-ironed can for 12-oz sizes; a 7-oz two-piece can will be in production soon, according to Phillip Minerich, research scientist at Hormel.
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FDA sued over bio-tech labeling

Two advocacy groups have sued the FDA, charging the agency's testing and labeling policies for genetically engineered foods violate its statutory mandate to protect public health.
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Bottled water labeling?

Americans are drinking more bottled water, many believing it to be more healthful, but they may be missing out on the fluoride needed to combat tooth decay, warns the Chicago Dental Society.
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Meat regs questioned

Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.
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Kraft matches cottage cheese and fruit

A thermoformed dual-compartment polystyrene container is being used by Kraft Foods for its new Cottage Doubles(TM) product. Available in refrigerated sections of supermarkets and Wal-Mart stores since June, Doubles are sold nationwide in three 5.5-oz varieties.
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GPI names 12 Clear Choice winners

The Glass Packaging Institute (Washington, DC) named 12 Clear Choice Award Winners for 1998. New in '98 is the Glass Classics category, intended to highlight the competition's 10th anniversary, and the winner was Canandaigua Wine Co.
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Shrink sleeve invigorates glass bottle

SmithKline Beecham's Lucozade, a popular energy drink sold in the U.K. and Ireland, recently received a dramatic packaging makeover intended to better convey the intense burst of flavor found inside the glass bottle.
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Miracle Whip squeezes into new bottle

"Squeeze," "Just Flip and Squeeze!" and "New Package" violators on the front label of a container for Kraft® Miracle Whip® make it apparent to consumers that this is a new bottle for a well-known salad dressing.
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Guelph to hold HACCP seminars

Technical training courses concerning Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) quality programs will be offered by the Guelph Food Technology Centre (Guelph, Ontario, Canada).
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Home cooking contest

Stouffer's freezer icon, the red box line of entrees, is about to make some cook rather famous. Nestlé USA's Food Group, Solon, OH, has begun to advertise a "real home cooking" contest, whose grand prize winner will have his or her name and picture right on the package that contains the entree "inspired" by the winning recipe.
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How to find the best new hires in packaging (sidebar)

P&G casts a wider net
Galderma?s MetroCream is now available in a reclosable clamshell package so patients can test at the doctor?s office and reclos
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An open-and-shut case for reclosability

Pharmaceutical company Galderma Laboratories switches to a reclosable clamshell for its sample size of prescription topical medicines that's 35% cheaper than before.

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