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GMA hits state biotech laws

Comprehensive federal regulation of food biotechnology makes it unnecessary for states to mandate label copy on biotech-derived crops and would only lead to a “confusing patchwork” of regulations, said Lance Hastings, director, state affairs, Western region for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) at a California Senate hearing.
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Tougher warnings on diabetic drugs

Consumer group Public Citizen called on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the diabetes drug Rezulin and to require stronger warning labels on Avandia and Actos, two similar diabetic drugs.
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New biotech bill introduced

Congress has yet to act on legislation requiring labeling of biotech foods, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has gone a step further, introducing “The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act.” The Act requires biotech foods to go through FDA’s food-additive review process to gain approval.
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Nonbiotech food claims

The current controversy over biotech foods may prompt some manufacturers to make nonbiotech food claims. Speaking at a March meeting sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a GMA spokesperson said guidelines for voluntary nonbiotech claims are needed to ensure that the claims do not mislead consumers about the composition, safety or quality of the labeled food or falsely imply that other products are less safe.
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Short shrift

NFPA and the American Frozen Food Institute object to a proposal by FDA that it be allowed to give a “brief denial” to citizens’ petitions deemed to have no public health significance.
Infra Pak, Inc.'s new facility in Plano, TX.
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Relocations, expansions

Infra Pak, Inc. (Plano, TX) has moved its facility to 2901 Technology Dr., #135, Plano, TX 75074; phone: 972/509-2270, fax: 800/538-9930.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Chase Capital Partners (New York, NY) and members of current management in a recapitalization transaction have purchased Huntsman Packaging Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT) for $1.065 billion.
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International agreements

Rexam PLC (London, England) has agreed to acquire American National Can Group Inc. (Chicago, IL) for $985 million, which would make the co. the largest supplier of cans to Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
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Appointments, promotions

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC): Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., COO.
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Visual impact

Little Rock, AR-based TCBY’s ½-gal frozen yogurt packaging got a complete makeover from Fisher Design (Cincinnati, OH). The previous package featured illustrations of the flavor’s ingredients paired with light latticework set against a white background.
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A high-performance bottle

Ease of consumer use was a major goal behind the in-house packaging design for premium fuel treatments from automotive products manufac-turer Berryman Products, Arlington, TX.
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Coke's got game

During the last football season, paperboard packaging for 12-packs of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, GA, captured the raw energy of the NFL. SBG Enterprise’s (San Francisco, CA) design combines the requisite “Coca-Cola red” with illustrations of NFL players in the heat of the game.
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3-D without the glasses

With a product as striking as Holopop™, a sucker that’s laser-etched with a hologram, an eye-catching package is an appropriate complement.
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Production ahead for corn-derived polymer

Cargill Dow breaks ground on its first world-scale NatureWorks PLA polyactide plant.
The new one-piece cap for Heinz Ketchup has a raised dome or deck to trap water, while a interior tube dispenses the product, no
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Heinz 'caps' squeeze ketchup

Complex new cap/liner on plastic bottles offers new consumer features, most prominently by ending the watery discharge caused by product settling.

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