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New plastics institute

The U. of Massachusetts-Lowell is in the process of establishing a new research and engineering center dedicated to the technology of plastic forming of materials in the solid state.
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FDA reform bill passed

Congress eked out an agreement on the FDA reform bill and passed the legislation on November 9 as members were scrambling to get out of town for the year.
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Carry on carry-outs

Packaging of restaurant food for carry-out looks to be a very hot market. The NPD Group (Port Washington, NY) reported that 1996 was the first year that more restaurant meals were taken out than eaten on premise.
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GMA participates in "America Recycles Day"

At an October 1 White House "America Recycles Day" ceremony, the Grocery Manufacturers of America reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to reduce solid waste.
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HP picks PE foam for 'green' packs

At Hewlett-Packard's Boise, ID, disk and tape drive manufacturing plant, management sought an alternative to polyurethane foam packaging, which is taxed by European governments because it is so rarely recycled.
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New packaging to invigorate Salem brand

Last month, RJ Reynolds, Winston- Salem, NC, began testing a new slide box and package design in New York City for its Salem brand of cigarettes.
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New life for Morris

Cat lovers are urged to breathe a tenth life into Morris the Cat this holiday season with Heinz Pet Products' new 9-Lives® Color & Win promotion.
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Protecting delicate decorations

Bakery supplier Lucks Food Decorating Co.'s unique product, Edible Image® transfers, are hygroscopic cake decorations that peel off of a liner and adhere to cake frosting in seconds, eliminating the need for in-store bakeries, schools and restaurants to hand decorate cakes.
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Clarification

In the Mainstream department in October, PW prematurely reported a joint venture between Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) and Sentinel Products Corp.
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More country-of-origin opposition

Opponents of the U.S. Customs Service's proposed mandatory front-panel country-of-origin marking picked up two strong consumer-oriented allies when both Washington, DC-based consumer advocacy group Public Voice for Food and Health Policy and the National Consumers League (NCL) submitted comments against the requirement.
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New kids' Tylenol label

In line with recommendations from FDA's over-the-counter drug advisory committee, labels of Tylenol will begin warning parents of the danger to children from overdosages.
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'Made in the USA' means it

The Federal Trade Commission is backing off a proposal to ease the requirements for labeling a product "Made in the USA." Faced with protests from unions, consumer groups, and influential members of Congress, including Rep.
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Laser-scored carton scores for La Costena

Mexico City-based La Coste"a may not have been the first in Mexico to market tomato-based products in aseptic brick packs. But when it did unveil its aseptic packs last August, they were anything but me-too offerings.
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