The Ron Hayter Awards, for plastic packaging designed with environmental impact in mind, were announced November 8. Sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada (EPIC), headquartered in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, the awards program is in its fifth year.
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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.
The Fold 'n Hold reclosure from Bedford Industries (Worthington, MN) consists of PE-coated vertical wires that form a tab that can be applied to bags of dry products such as popcorn, cereal, pet food or coffee.
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.