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Techni-Cal achievement

For years Canadian pet food manufacturer Martin Pet Foods has relied on pinch-bottom bags for its 7- and 15-kg (15.4- and 33-lb) sizes of "super premium" pet food.
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Birds Eye tries fresh, not frozen

Birds Eye fresh vegetables?
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Rare cook-in pack for frozen raw fish

One of the showstoppers at this year's annual Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was the booth of Carnival Brand-Seafood Co. The Overland Park, KS, firm displayed a wide variety of frozen fish packaged in convenient cook-in bags that let consumers microwave frozen fish and serve it in about five minutes.
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Errant label copy forces recall

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall of some Ball Park Fat Free Franks and Eckrich Fat Free Bologna products. Both contained a milk protein not listed on the label.
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Upstate's cartons milk Holstein motif

"What's 'moo' and improved?" asks Upstate Farms Cooperative. Its new Holstein-cow graphics, of course. The Leroy, NY-based dairy coop is using colorful spotted graphics and a "Taste Upstate Freshness" tagline to market 49 SKUs of new and existing milk and cream offerings sold in the refrigerated case.
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Push/pull caps: from fad to fixture

"We thought for a while that [sports caps] would be a fad, but now I think they're here to stay." So says Mountain Valley Springs president Tom Mitchell in explaining his company's move to push-pull sports caps on 0.5-L and 1-L bottles of water.
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King case rules

Holding 24 7-oz bottles of Little Kings Cream Ale, the Little Kings King Case(TM) is among the early commercial applications of the Meta(TM) System from Mead Containerboard Div.
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
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Almaden's label is clearly contemporary

This year, Canandaigua Wine Co., Canandaigua, NY, began shipping its Almaden® wines in 50 SKUs with clear pressure-sensitive labels that provide a distinctive appearance against the clear glass bottles.
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Paper demand strong in international markets

General demand for paperboard is likely to rise faster in developing Far Eastern and Latin American countries than in the U.S., according to projections made by International Paper (Memphis, TN) at Direction 98.
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Label caffeine content, groups demand

A consumer advocacy group wants caffeine content to be listed on food labels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based in Washington, D.C., petitioned FDA to require such labeling.
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Ingredient labeling for sausage casings

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule that would require the ingredient labeling of natural or collagen casings used in sausages, hot dogs and other meat products when they are derived from a species that is different from that of the encased product.
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Plastics packaging for milk reduces waste

Despite a 22% increase in milk consumption within the province of Ontario between 1968 and 1995, the amount of solid waste from milk packaging is down 20%.
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Type too small?

The Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Assn. (NDMA) supports FDA's attempt to simplify OTC drug labels but called for greater flexibility in the proposed 6-point type size requirement.
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General Mills' cartons go 'Jurassic'

Coinciding with the release of the popular movie "The Lost World: Jurassic Park(TM)", Minneapolis-based General Mills introduced Jurassic Park Crunch cereal in an 111/4-oz carton and a 301/2-oz twin-pack size.

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