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FDA proposes OTC drug label overhaul

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new easy-to-understand label for the nearly 100ꯠ brand-name and private-label OTC drugs it regulates.
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Cosmetics packaging catalog

The Cosmetic Packaging Group, a division of the O. Berk Co. (Union, NJ), released its 1997 Catalog of Products and Services. The catalog features color photos of glass and plastic containers and a wide variety of caps, closures, pumps and sprayers.
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Life-cycle analysis gains political cachet

The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), having received a new lease on life, will be pushing ahead with its efforts to proselytize on behalf of "Extended Product Responsibility (EPR)," a concept that has numerous implications for users of packaging.
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Labeling updates

Following is a brief wrap-up of recent labeling-related news: * FDA has established January 1, 2000, as the single effective date for required label changes issued during 1997.
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.
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Jugos debuts juice in 2-L cartons in Mexico

The first 2-L aseptic carton for juices and drinks in Mexico has been introduced by Jugos del Valle, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City. The Pour 'n Seal® carton produced by Combibloc Inc.
When designing graphics for boxes, packaging engineers at Hewlett-Packard?s 92 worldwide manufacturing plants can download origi
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Hewlett-Packard widens its packaging net

HP uses a mix of Internet and intranet technology to communicate with suppliers and distribute packaging information to HP packaging people worldwide.
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Square bottle

The Square Packer bottle from Smith Container (Forest Park, GA) is a 1-oz HDPE square bottle. The bottle has a 24/400 finish modified with "E" and "H" dimensions to accommodate CR closures.
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Homemade look for wine package

Montevina Winery's new Cucina Mista wine has a label that is especially refreshing for its simple rustic appeal. Italian for "kitchen mix," the wine is a blend of 20 different red table wines produced by this St.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) began commercial production of Petrothene® LLDPE at its plant in La Porte, TX.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
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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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Sara Lee puts its brand on take-home foods

Look out Boston Market!
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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.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Meet the modifiers
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.

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