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Nitrate labeling debate

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) wants a panel of scientific experts to review data on sodium nitrite before listing it as "harmful to consumers" under the State's Proposition 65 chemical warning label law.
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Print market, technology perspectives

Graphical Arts Technical Foundation forcasts print markets, while a book from the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Assn. reflects recent changes in flexogrphic printing
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New label doesn't corrode

Aggressive cleaning products and labels often don't mix. Just ask Wayne, NJ-based Castrol. The printing on the surface-printed in-mold label used on 1-gal jugs of its Super Clean(TM) cleaner and degreaser was disintegrating whenever the liquid cleaner dripped over the label.
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A Whoopi champagne celebration

Korbel attempts to bring champagne into summer celebrations with a Brut Rose bottle decorated with artwork by comedienne Whoopi Goldberg.
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Labeling uniformity bill re-introduced

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, has re-introduced the National Uniformity for Food Act to require national uniformity of food safety warnings on labeling, advertising and other forms of public communication.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
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Bottled water gets hip

A unique, flask-shaped container made of polyethylene terephthalate for Vijay mineral water is attracting the attention of consumers in Australia, where the package debuted in January.
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Tea labels push process printing

Flexo moves toward six-color, too
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Weigher/bagger/labelers shine at Golden Gem

While on-line label printing simplifies inventory, new combination scales and automatic baggers have increased productivity and accuracy for this Florida orange grower.
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Nestlé deploys in-line pouch shaping

Nestlé France S.A. is pushing the bounds of stand-up pouch shaping technology with a contour pouch for Nescafé instant coffee. Available only in Europe, the 100-g pouch is shaped like the Nescafé glass jar because it's positioned as a refill for the jar.
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Defending plastic packaging

GMA and the American Plastics Council have teamed up to counter what they say are misleading and inaccurate allegations about plastics and plastic food packaging.
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IFT FOOD PACKAGING DIV. MEETS

Packaging for the New Millennium: an Industry Perspective and Safety Strategies for Meal Solutions are the two programs scheduled for the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists' Food Packaging Div.
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DUPONT AWARDS

DuPont announces the call for entries for the thirteenth- annual DuPont Awards for Innovation in Food Processing and Packaging. The competition includes both food and nonfood packs.
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INTERPACK 99

A total of 2귔 exhibitors from 53 countries and 175ꯠ visitors from 105 nations made interpack 99 a "resounding success," says Ernst H. Berndl, interpack 99 president.
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News from PMMI

• Carl Dooley, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Assn./Food Products Assn.

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