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A worker at right adds bottles to a floor-level hopper that feeds them into the new bottle unscrambler at the Naturally Vitamins
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Vitamin packer wins new production in Las Vegas

Naturally Vitamins' president didn't go to Las Vegas to gamble, but a visit to Pack Expo there in '97 led to purchases that doubled packaging output and productivity.
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Desiccare, Inc: Desiccare, Inc: Desiccare, Inc: Desiccant pouches

Desiccare's (Santa Fe Springs, CA) PillowPak line of desiccants includes pharmaceutical-grade desiccants, making them appropriate for medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, food products and vitamins.
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A kinder, gentler FDA?

FDA needs to revise its constricted approval process to provide "an efficient, effective and timely process for dealing with health claims for foods and beverages," GMA told the agency in comments on the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, adding that the First Amendment prohibits FDA from acting as a "national censor." Both GMA and NFPA urged the agency to be more flexible in accepting authoritative statements to support health claims by a wider group of "federal scientific bodies." Currently, only two groups can make authoritative statements: a federal government scientific body with responsibility for public health protection or research directly related to nutrition (such as the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the National Academy of Sciences and its subdivisions.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
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Chase-Logeman Corporation: Retorquer

The CR-60 screw-cap retorquer from Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) can be wheeled up to an existing conveyor to tighten screw caps that may be loosened during induction sealing of safety seals or because of other processing on bottles and jars prior to final packaging.
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Tinted bottles shield milk from UV light

When it comes to milk jugs, "Yellow is better," according to Smith Dairy Products, maker of the opaque yellow "Super Jug" of milk. The extrusion-blown, high-density polyethylene jug blocks out ultraviolet light emanating from fluorescent lighting in the supermarket dairy case or from the sun itself, according to the company.
Excel?s training kit for new representatives (above) holds a variety of media in  different levels in the thermoform. For this p
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Trays for audio/visual media 'serve and protect'

For trays that hold cassettes, CDs and video tapes, Vinylweld shifts to new PVC sheet that holds tolerances and protects the media.
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FDA OKs functional food

In what many observers think will be the first in a flood of new "functional foods," FDA gave a green light for the sale of Take Control, a new margarine manufactured by Lipton that in tests sharply lowered cholesterol.
Mead Johnson?s use of the nonround paper/foil canister marked the second commercial application of this new package. While th
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Unconventional packaging fuels a product launch

A nonround canister and a 12-count 'purse pack' are the package formats chosen by Mead Johnson to launch a new kind of calcium supplement called Viactiv.
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Supplement labels

Dietary supplement labels now must contain more complete information, including a clear identity statement, a complete list of ingredients and a new "Supplement Facts" information panel.

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