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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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Proximity sensors

A new ultrasonic series of 18-mm, cylindrical proximity sensors is now available from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH). Applications for the Model SM600/SM650 include cap presence and/or tilt detection, fill-level check, nonmetallic container counting, fill-tube presence monitoring, downed container detection and case inspection.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
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CR mouthwash packaging

Rexam (Evansville, IN) has introduced CR packaging for mouthwash. It consists of injection stretch/ blow-molded PET and PP CR jigger closures. The 8- and 16-oz sizes are available with a 28-mm finish.
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FDA taking new look at medical foods

FDA is re-evaluating its regulation of "medical foods" and is seeking comments on the criteria used to determine if a product meets the definition of a medical food, appropriate safety standards, claim substantiation, labeling, quality control procedures and postmarketing surveillance requirements.
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
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Form/fill/seal machine

The Laudenberg FBM-20 is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine available from Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL). It was designed in response to the demand for larger, resealable, stand-up pouches with zippers.
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Checkweigher

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Model HW-15 checkweigher is a strain gauge weighing system with a continuous conveyor that moves packages for weighing at speeds to 65 boxes/ min.
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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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MAP form/fill/seal system

The Fuji-Formost Model FW-3710/BS/B is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) designed to wrap products of varied shapes into modified atmosphere barrier films.

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