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New kids' Tylenol label

In line with recommendations from FDA's over-the-counter drug advisory committee, labels of Tylenol will begin warning parents of the danger to children from overdosages.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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More country-of-origin opposition

Opponents of the U.S. Customs Service's proposed mandatory front-panel country-of-origin marking picked up two strong consumer-oriented allies when both Washington, DC-based consumer advocacy group Public Voice for Food and Health Policy and the National Consumers League (NCL) submitted comments against the requirement.
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) SB Batch Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) is a high-speed batch counter, accumulator and dropper. It separates and singulates a wide range of products including envelopes, greeting cards and other printed materials.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective cushioning

Shrink Pak(TM) cushioning material combines shrink wrapping and "bubbled" cushioning. The patented product from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) conforms around the object(s) when heat is applied.
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Vertical f/f/s system

The Circle Model V16H106D vertical form/fill/seal system from Sasib Packaging (DePere, WI) packages a variety of liquid products in flexible pouches at speeds to 600 pouches/min.
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Congress tries to wrap up approval process

Companies using new materials would have to submit to the FDA a notification of intent to market, and the agency would have 120 days to rule. But fees are likely to be charged for the first time.
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
The paper filter unwind and bagging unit are shown close-up (left), while the overwrapping station appears above. Finished ov
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Vf/f/s percolates at S&D Coffee

To meet the growing sales demands of its foodservice and institutional customers, this Concord, NC, roaster fills ground coffee into a paper filter bag then overwraps between one and five bags in plastic film on the same machine. Strong sales help S&D reap a six-month payback on the unusual machine.
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Krones, Inc: New technology orients handles on rotary pail labelers

A new pail labeler technology from Krones (Franklin, WI) allows handle orientation on rotary labelers. Mechanically orients container handles, permitting application speeds of 25 handled pails/min, or 50/min without orientation.
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Kiwi Coders Corp.: Carton printer

Designed to facilitate just-in-time ordering without the need for preprinted inventory, the Series 1020 carton printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) prints scannable bar codes and other variable product information on cases, cartons, blister cards and corrugated sheets at speeds to 80 cartons/ min.
Redhook management appreciates the gentle handling provided by this case packer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots (sidebar)

Case handling and inspection
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pressco Technology Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has purchased the machine vision assets of LumenX Co. (Mogadore, OH).
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Flip-top bottle

A 32-oz flip-top bottle is available from E.Z. Cap (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Specially designed for the micro-brewer and brew pubs for carry-out packaging, the bottle is said to be resealable, reusable and recyclable.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Packaging machine brochure

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has a new brochure featuring its line of case erectors, case sealers, case packers, decasers/ single filers, bulk systems and case packers/ uncasers for bottles.
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Reducing labeling errors

In an effort to reduce errors on food labels, the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Food Labeling Division (FLD) said all label-approval applications will be seen by two FLD reviewers instead of one.
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Final rule issued on dietary supplement labeling

More than two years in the making, a final rule on dietary supplements has finally been issued. It takes effect March 23, 1999, and it applies to products containing ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or amino acids intended to supplement the diet.
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Country-of-origin labeling on the fast track?

The Clinton Administration is fighting for renewal of its fast-track negotiating authority in international trade. Meanwhile, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is fighting to see that the proposal to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables doesn't get wrapped into the fast track bill by supporters willing to trade their vote on fast track for inclusion of the labeling proposal.

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