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Ball Park 'singles' in a winner

Ball Park Singles® are hitting supermarket shelves nationwide this month in what is believed to be the first-ever package containing individually wrapped hot dogs.
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Shamrock sues Dean over milk jug shape

Phoenix-based Shamrock Foods Co. has filed a "declaratory judgment action" in federal court in Phoenix, AZ. It seeks a ruling that the packaging for its Shamrock Farms "mmmmilk(TM)" single-serve milk products does not violate any trademark or trade dress rights that Dean Foods Co.
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Chinese sauce maker is secure with ink-jet coding

In Guangzhou, China, a recent conversion from contact stamp coders to ink-jet coding is helping guarantee the authenticity and quality of Jammy Chai Food Co.'s flavorful bottled sauces.
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Carton feeders illuminate GE Lighting lines

Four cartoning machines on two "Pro 80" light bulb packaging lines at General Electric Lighting's Winchester, VA, plant once required manual refilling of carton blanks every six minutes.
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Packaging Hall of Fame

Four packaging professionals have been elected to the Packaging Hall of Fame by members of the Packaging Education Forum. They are: James L. Chestnutt, president of Packaging Consultants, Inc.; Joseph J.
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Paper/foil cans for bath bubblers

An oval paper/foil can with seamed-on, tin-plate steel at top and bottom gives Remede Ltd. a novel look for its Bliss brand bath bubblers.
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New look brings a boom in sales

New labels on 750-mL glass bottles of six varietals from Delicato Family Vineyards have brought a significant increase in sales for the Novato, CA, wine maker.
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Pace picks barrier bottle for picante sauce

In July Campbell Soup's Pace Foods, San Antonio, TX, rolled out its picante sauce in a proprietary 20-oz squeezable plastic barrier bottle.
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Produce, meat labeling

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) scored a major victory when an amendment requiring front panel country-of-origin labeling on frozen produce was dropped before being included in the Senate's FY '99 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
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Court rules in metallocene suit

On August 11, the U.S. District Court in Houston, TX, found in favor of Exxon Chemical Co., ruling that Mobil Oil infringed on an Exxon metallocene catalyst patent.
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Labeling uniformity bill introduced

The "National Uniformity for Food Act of 1998," designed to ensure consistent food labeling requirements, has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
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Food safety update

President Bill Clinton proposed to create a Joint Institute for Food Safety Research that will develop a strategic plan for conducting food safety research consistent with his Food Safety Initiative.
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Less red tape?

The new Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) announced earlier this year as part of an effort to promote freer international trade could eliminate numerous trade barriers and "miles of red tape," according to GMA.
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Rx labeling

FDA is requiring prescription drug labels to bear the words "Rx Only" instead of the former warning: "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription." It's all part of the changes dictated by the FDA Modernization Act.
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Juice warnings, not pasteurization

The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on July 8 requiring warning labels on fresh, unpasteurized juices. The requirement applies to all processors that package untreated juice for off-site consumption, including retailers such as grocery stores that squeeze and bottle juice for home use.

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