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Medical device labeling proposal assailed

The Health Industry Manufacturers Assn. (HIMA) doesn't support the draft guidance on medical device labeling developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend (sidebar)

Sara Lee plans to market, not make
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Beef irradiation Ok'd

Prodded by a provision in the FDA modernization law, the FDA finally ruled in favor of allowing irradiation of red meat. As with other irradiated products, consumers will be able to identify irradiated meat by the international irradiation symbol and a written statement on the package.
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Mobile receives PE in bulk trucks

At press time, Edison, NJ-based Mobil Polymers was minimizing the impact of December's rail congestion by transporting more of its polyethylene resin via bulk trucks instead of railcars.
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Snack canister gets extended-text promo

Multiple coupons in a single booklet is what Reckitt & Colman wanted in a recently completed nationwide promotion for French's® Potato Sticks in spiralwound paperboard canisters.
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OTC drug uniformity

Provisions of the newly passed FDA modernization law guarantee one national system of regulation for OTC drugs, including labeling requirements. The law prohibits states from imposing different or additional requirements from those of FDA.
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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
Star Dental packages its products into blister cards and paperboard sleeves. All are given a bar code and lot/date code by the s
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A Star coding system

Dental tool maker Star Dental switches from manual label application to preprinting with a thermal-transfer system to comply with industry bar-code guidelines. Savings are the major benefit.
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend

The outsourcing of packaging functions has been yielding benefits, Packaging World readers report. Cost savings and satisfaction are the upside, while only half of respondents report increases in plant efficiency.
Near the end of the turret?s rotation, fill nozzles cut off based on the weight recorded from each bottle?s individual load cell
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Grace-and speed-under pressure

Amway's new pressure-netweigh filler increases speed and accuracy for viscous personal care products. Unscrambler offers gentle handling, cuts down on jams and provides 15-minute changeover.
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Grace-and speed-under pressure (sidebar)

Case taper offers simplicity, safety
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Stoller's applies a honey of a neck band

W. Stoller's Honey, Inc. was content enough with the functionality of the black tamper-evident shrink band it was using on its plastic bottles containing honey.
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Fruitopia launched in 20-oz PET bottle

Rolling out this month are new 20-oz plastic bottles of Fruitopia from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola USA. The polyethylene terephthalate bottles are from multiple sources.
A Sysco warehouse worker stacks cases to complete a customer?s order before it?s shipped
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What's SAFE from OSHA?

Business community pushes latest legislation to crimp enforcement and rulemaking authority at reviled agency. Safety audits would guarantee two years of protection from penalties.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.

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