Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
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Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) Clysar® poultry tray packaging system includes Clysar RS500 shrink film, the RS510 conversion kit for modify- ing existing Ossid 500 tray packaging equipment, and a hot water shrink tunnel that minimizes print distortion.
California's detailed "green law" was upheld by a federal appeals court, which said states have a right to regulate packaging so consumers are not confused, in the same way deceptive advertising can be banned.
The Tri-Lam® line of multi-ply coextruded closure lining materials from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) offers high resistance to gas permeation or heat and provides a cost-effective alternative to aluminum foil-lined cap liners.
A new standard to separate fresh and frozen poultry has been proposed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Spurred on by "news events" like bowling with frozen broilers, USDA has proposed that any poultry chilled below 26°F would have to be labeled as "previously frozen." In the past, USDA allowed processors to label as fresh all poultry even if it had been frozen to an internal temperature of 0°F.