At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
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Productivity in packaging continues to gain (sidebar)

Changeover time key to productivity
Business telephones like this mock-up are hand-packed by Lucent Technologies into custom-molded pulp top and bottom inserts. The
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Molded pulp answers the call

Molded pulp inserts protect telephone products from the receiving dock to assembly and through distribution. They replace EPS cushions and the need for ESD bags.
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Productivity in packaging continues to gain

A survey of manufacturers by PMMI shows nearly uniform gains in productivity from 1997 to 1998. Makers of chemical products represent the only segment where gains are not reported across the board.
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How European culture drives packaging (sidebar)

Environment goals tougher
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced legislation calling for the establishment of a single federal food safety agency.
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Container deposit expansion opposed

The State of Massachusetts has proposed expanding its container deposit system to include noncarbonated beverage containers. However, the move is opposed by the Grocery Manufacturers Assn.
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HBA breaks records

A record-breaking 11꾈 attendees filled the aisles of HBA Global Expo in New York City June 8-10. That represents nearly a 5% increase over last year's crowd.
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Cans get a break

EPA has assured metal can manufacturers that the industry's Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard will not be promulgated until at least the summer of 2001, despite a requirement in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 that the MACT standard must be released by fall 2000.
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Safety labeling proposed for eggs

Under a new proposal announced by FDA and USDA, egg cartons would carry safe handling instructions similar to those found on raw meat products. The proposal stems from the agencies' efforts to prevent illness caused by salmonella enteritidis.
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Bags create premium niche for Kellogg

At Battle Creek, MI-based Kellogg Co., reclosable bakery-style paper bags are being used to "create a new premium segment within the cereal category," a company spokesperson tells PW.
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Beverage company invests in new bottles, labeler

Since its inception in 1992, Tradewinds beverages has seen three different bottle designs, with the most recent hitting store shelves in mid-April.
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State labeling law opposed

In Louisiana, Governor M. J. Foster was urged by GMA to veto a State Senate bill requiring country-of-origin labeling for meat products. In its letter, GMA noted that federal law already requires identifying country-of-origin of imports and that additional state requirements could violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S.
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Smoothie label sends fresh message

Pacific Beach, the newest brand to merge into the herbally enhanced smoothie tidal wave, sets itself apart by listing non-fat yogurt and chunks of fruit among its ingredients.
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Kal Kan whisks 'Whiskas' pouch

In April, Kal Kan Foods, Inc., launched nationwide eight 3-oz varieties of wet cat food in a retorted laminated foil pouch with a two-year shelf life comparable to its canned pet foods.

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