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METPACK to 'shape' can packaging

Bigger and more important than three years ago, the Essen, Germany, trade fair includes 150 exhibitors and a full conference program, right before interpack 96.
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EC loosens plastic food-contact rules

The European Commission (EC) agreed in principle to reduce the amount of toxicological testing required for plastics additives in food packaging. The reason?
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Meat labeling

According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mobil Chemical Co.'s (Pittsford, NY) Films Div.: D.L. Gosper, senior vp, growth and technology; James P. Ashmore, sales mgr., North America; Chris McGuire, customer service mgr.
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Injection-molding resin

BASF (Mount Olive, NJ) has introduced a medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS) resin that offers over 25% improved gloss versus nor-mal-finish MIPS.
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Semi-automatic liquid filler

National Instrument's (Baltimore, MD) Filamatic Model WRP-1 semi-automatic volumetric liquid filling system fills containers from pints to multi-gallons with ±0.5% accuracy.
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Chicken of the Sea passes muster

San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
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Autowrappers

The Flowtronic 510 from Autowrappers Europack (Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an automatic, mid-range autowrapper that individually wraps small products, such as candy pieces or biscuits.
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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.
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Kraft rotor closure improves TE

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has improved the tamper evidence of the rotor closure used on its parmesan cheese. The previous closure consisted of a one-piece injection-molded high-density polyethylene rotor atop an aluminum end.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Products Co.'s Industrial Container Div. (Hartsville, SC) is opening a new plastic drum manufacturing facility in Hazleton, PA.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
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Campbell puts V-8 in heat-set PET

Launched in January, Campbell Soup Co.'s new 46-oz heat-set bottle of polyethylene terephthalate for V-8 vegetable juice is said to be the only shelf-stable plastic container for a tomato-based beverage.
Bags for Green Giant frozen vegetables explain how foods high in certain vitamins ?may? reduce risk of cancer. While the foods?
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Food fight!

The FDA wants to make it easier for food packs to carry health and nutrition statements. Meanwhile, industry continues to press for even greater latitude for claims.
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U.K. dairy tests Tetra Max

The Plastics Packaging Systems division of Tetra Pak Intl. (Lund, Sweden) was formed last September as part of Tetra's expansion beyond paper, where it has a huge global presence.

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