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USDA wants disclosure on poultry ingredients labeling

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a final ruling requiring packagers of hot dogs, bologna, and sausage to be more forthcoming in the ingredients statement if their products contain chicken or turkey meat.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

The American Frozen Food Institute has moved to a new location at 2000 Corporate Ridge, Ste. 1000, McLean, VA, 22101, phone: 703/821-0770, fax: 703/821-1350.
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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
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Pack size restrictions dropped

Thanks to a change in the uniform weights and measures regulations for dairy products, processors have new opportunities for marketing their products.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
Materials Product Brief
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Lap seal flow wrapper

Ilapak's (Booth 2392) Lynx® Super horizontal flow wrapper is now available in a LapSeal version. It can be used with shrink films via electrostatic sealing or PE films using drag seal.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors with increasing prices
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Five Alive tries a new look

Houston-based Coca-Cola Foods Co. began test marketing a new version of its Five Alive(TM) fruit beverage in some Pacific Northwest cities this past May.

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