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Do you worry about tampering when you buy food and drugs?

In its Oct. 13 story on the release from prison of James Lewis, a key suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the Chicago Sun-Times included this phone poll question.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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No beefs with irradiation

Irradiated beef is not likely to affect sensory qualities such as color, flavor and texture, according to a new study conducted by the Kansas State University department of animal sciences and funded by the Beef Promotion and Research Board.
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Nostalgia in a tin

For many Americans, the name "Burma Shave" brings back a flood of memories. So says the marketing force at Staunton, VA-based American Safety Razor, which is reintroducing the Burma Shave name in a metal gift canister depicting the Burma Shave jingles found on country roadsides throughout America as far back as the 1920s.
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In-line laminating/packaging

Laminform® System, a turnkey integrated modified atmosphere packaging system from Redex (Schaumburg, IL) and James River (Milford OH), laminates barrier films with other substrates needed and then sends the lamination to a form/fill/seal machine that's in-line with laminating.
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

Bottle bordom: Can beverage bottles be more innovative?
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Corrugated wax treatment

Enviro-Tek (Dallas, TX) has developed an alternative to wax coatings for corrugated boxes that is waterproof, greaseproof, repulpable, recyclable and economically competitive with conventional wax coatings.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Corner shipping protection

Corrupad Protective Packaging (Bensenville, IL) has introduced Edgeguard(TM) protective packaging for corners and edges of tabletops, picture frames and furniture.
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.
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PVDC-coated PVC rigid sheet

American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced EZ23/PVDC, a clear PVDC-coated rigid PVC film. Suited for pharmaceutical and food applications where improved gas and moisture barrier properties are required.
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Don't go changing, FTC urged

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviews its environmental marketing guidelines for effectiveness, at least one trade group urged the regulatory agency to keep things the way they are.
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Spouted bulk bag liner

Rhino liners from Custom Packaging Systems (Manistee, WI) are one-piece liners that can be made in single or multiple plies, in a range of thicknesses.
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Redesign brings recognition

The new look of Fleischmann's® Margarine clearly has some marketing appeal. Less apparent is how the Parsip-pany, NJ-based Fleischmann Co.'s switch to Scotch-ban FC-807 from 3M (St.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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Snap-hinge closures

The Eco Closure from Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) is a PP snap-hinge dispensing closure that offers a 30% source reduction over a push/pull closure of the same neck size.
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape (sidebar)

Where the markets are
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Packagers say systems up to date

The average packaging system is either state-of-the-art or comparable to the top 10% in its industry. So says a survey of 434 packagers conducted by Industry Insights for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).

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