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AIMCAL winners reflect technical achievement

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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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

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.
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Flexibles promote 'enviropackaging'

Refill packs for Tide and Cheer laundry detergent garnered FPA's "Green Globe" award for 1994. Three other FPA winners were also big contributors to source reduction efforts.
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Films make foods easier to handle

For applications in foodservice, wholesale, or retail, winners in the 1994 FPA competition show how flexible packs can take on new food packaging tasks.
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Poultry tray packs

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.
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Court says states can regulate packaging

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.
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Packaging helps a new market blossom

California flower grower enters the foodservice market by developing an MAP packaging system that's right at home in the refrigerated foodservice distribution chain.
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Cap liners

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.
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26° of separation for poultry

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.

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