The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
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When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
USDA isn't the only agency embracing HACCP. At the Food &Drug Administration, mandatory HACCP regulations will be implemented over the next two years for seafood processors, the agency announced in December.
While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals uses custom software on a central PC to control 16 devices--including label printers, applicators and scanners--to comply with customer bar code label requirements. The move saves over $425ꯠ annually.