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Dietary supplements

By the end of April, FDA must set a "reasonable deadline" for publishing a final rule on proposed health claims for dietary supplement labels, ruled a U.S.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Meet the modifiers
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Pouch/placement system

A new pouch feeder with an integrated placement system from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is designed to gently singulate numerous styles and sizes of pouches and deliver them to the placement system at speeds to 250 pouches/min.
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Vibratory parts feeder

Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has developed a patent-pending way to use vacuum to hold feeder bowls and tracks to vibratory base drives, eliminating the use of bolts or other mechanical clamping means.
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Retailers find security in source tagging (sidebar)

Who's got the beta tape player?
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High-slip film and sheet

PETG 31 is a new high-slip polyester film and sheet from Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonville, VA) with an internal denesting additive that provides easy, silicone-free removal from molds and separation of thermoformed parts.
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Hot melt with desiccant

DesiMax(TM) SLF (sorbent loaded film) from Multisorb Technologies (Buffalo, NY) uses a patent-pending technology for blending desiccants into a variety of hot melts so that moisture can be adsorbed into packaging.
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FDA worried about pediatric drug labeling

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) continues its effort to ensure that drug labels contain sufficient information about use for children. In December '94, FDA required manufacturers to determine if the pediatric use sections of labeling could be modified "based on adequate and well-controlled studies in adults and other supporting information." Companies would then submit a supplemental pediatric application where appropriate.
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Waking the Dough Boy

Pillsbury Canada Ltd.'s recent overhaul of its Refrigerated Baked Goods Business was more than just skin deep. Larger portions, increased product offerings, and an aggresive advertising campaign were all part of an effort to stir this sleeping product category.
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Ulcer therapy pack touts ease of use

Introduced in December, Procter & Gamble's new Helidac(TM) ulcer eradication therapy is packaged in a 14-day cube-shaped "kit" designed to make the new three-drug prescription medication easy to take several times a day.

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