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Court criticizes FDA on rejected claims

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, considered the most influential court of appeals on regulatory matters, essentially rejected FDA's high-handed approach to denying health claims deemed lacking "significant scientific agreement." It faulted the agency for failing to define "significant scientific agreement" and for refusing even to consider allowing manufacturers to make some label claims as long as they're mitigated by an FDA-approved disclaimer statement.
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FDA cuts deal on functional foods

After months of discussion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Products to bring the company's cholesterol-reducing margarine, Benecol, to market as a conventional food rather than as a dietary supplement.
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Protecting gourmet flavors for canines

Breeder's Choice opts for a high-barrier, all-plastic lamination for two sizes of its new Pinnacle super-premium dog foods. Long shelf life, nutrient protection and minimizing of infestation are among benefits.
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How to protect an effervescent tablet

NSI wanted new effervescent tablets to stand out from the crowd. A PP tube with a metallized label and desiccant cap are just the ticket.
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Dairy bottle blocks light?

In unveiling last month a bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate for 16-oz milk, Dallas-based Schepps Dairy was not the first to put fresh, refrigerated milk in PET (see Packaging World, November '97, p.
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Tropicana twists again

In April Tropicana Products of Bradenton, FL, will launch Tropicana Twister in a new 20-oz five-layer bottle made by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY).
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FDA says Weider's health claims lack muscle

Agency blocks the first effort to use a new expedited approval process for health claims on package labels. Who will try next?
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Labeling foods of the future

"Functional" foods are poised to become the hottest trend in food marketing, but labeling remains an unresolved issue. The Food and Drug Administration says it is working on regulations for these loosely defined products that claim to offer a health benefit beyond basic nutrition, but offers no timetable.
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Proposed dietary supplement regs draw fire

Bombarded by more than 100ꯠ comments and a request from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Food and Drug Administration extended the comment period and will further review its proposed labeling regulations for dietary supplements.
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Food claims at risk, too?

A leading expert on food labeling says FDA's position on dietary supplement labeling is likely to mean food manufacturers also will face closer scrutiny of their claims.

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