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U.S. packaging use up as Germany's declines

Since Germany began its Green Dot program in 1991 to control packaging waste, that country reports a decline of nearly 11% in packaging, while U.S.
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New package shines for 'Summer L'eggs'

In February, L'eggs Products began shipping nationwide its Summer L'eggs® pantyhose in a colorful new package. The sun-like graphics feature rays of yellow and blue, while a clear round viewing window lets consumers see the white, pearl or nude hose color.
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FDA OKs new food-specific health claim

Package labels for foods containing soluble fiber from psyllium-seed husks may include a claim that consumption of the product can reduce the risks of heart disease when part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, according to a ruling from the Food and Drug Administration that is effective immediately.
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Waxed box marking

To make it easier for grocery store workers to properly separate recyclable non-waxed corrugated cases from waxed cases, some corrugated case manufacturers will begin marking waxed cases with the word "wax" in English, French and Spanish.
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Eye drug warnings

Labels of popular OTC eye allergy relief drugs such as Pfizer's Visine, Ross Labs' Murine Tears Plus and Clear Eyes ACR, Bausch & Lomb's Sensitive Eyes, and other vasoconstrictor drugs containing ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, and tetrahydrozaline should include the warning "Pupils may become dilated (enlarged)," according to an FDA proposal.
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New packaging certificate at UMASS Lowell

A new packaging certificate program, sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, has been instituted at the University of Massachusetts' Lowell campus.
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Mobius Awards

Best of Show award in the packaging category of the 27th annual Mobius Awards went to Milk Chugs, the single-serve high-density polyethylene bottles created for Dean Foods Co., Franklin Park, IL (see PW, November '97, p.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
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Package design 'primes' users on paint primers

New label design and matching in-store merchandising cards make it simpler for customers to select the appropriate Sherwin-Williams paint primer. The well-known Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and distributor worked with brand identity and package design firm Interbrand Gerstman+Meyers (New York, NY) to create a distinctive color-coded design.
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Carrot cakes recalled for undeclared ingredient

Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, NY, has instituted a national recall of its 8" un-iced carrot cakes because the ingredient statement failed to include eggs.
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Metallized OPP extends shelf life for exports

For Ritz® Bits® and Ritz Bits Sandwiches, Nabisco Biscuit recently upgraded its film structures for products shipped long distances. "We needed to create packaging structures especially designed for distribution to foreign markets," explains Kevin Migliacci, senior packaging engineer for the East Hanover, NJ-based firm.
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FPA announces top winner

In this year's annual awards competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn. (see PW, March '98, pp. 34, 42 and 58), the Green Globe award for environmental achievement and the President's award for top package overall both went to GardenTech Singles by Gulfstream Home and Garden of Lexington, KY.
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Merging drug firms create new brand look

Hoechst Marion Roussel is the new name of a pharmaceuticals company that combines the pharmaceutical division of Hoechst AG and Roussel Uclaf of Europe with Marion Merrill Dow of the U.S.
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Pepsi 'Storms' Colorado, 'Grips' Dayton

A striking metallized label is helping Pepsi-Cola introduce its new lemon-lime soft drink, Storm(TM), to three Colorado markets-Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
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Irradiation labeling

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has asked U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to solicit and review public comments on labeling requirements for irradiated meat and meat products as part of its upcoming rulemaking.

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