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Country of origin

Diehards are still attempting to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables. In the latest developments, Rep.
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Magnetic cable conveyor

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) will demonstrate a magnetic cable conveyor at the show. It conveys empty or full steel cans at speeds to 1ꯠ/min.
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Cooking up hot graphics

"It really screams barbecue." That's how Tony Arancio, product buyer at Lechters, Inc., describes the new Cooks Club BBQ line, sold nationally through the Harrison, NJ-based Lechters chain.
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Vf/f/s machines

The Matrix line of vertical form/ fill/seal machines is described in a brochure from Matrix Packing Machinery (Grafton, WI). The literature lists the features of the Matrix 916 machine and the Matrix 1000 Series.
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Label caffeine content, groups demand

A consumer advocacy group wants caffeine content to be listed on food labels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based in Washington, D.C., petitioned FDA to require such labeling.
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Custom capper

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) now offers a capper designed to place snap-on caps on stick-up air fresheners. Uses a vibratory feed bowl and feed track to reach speeds to 150 caps/min.
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Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) will display its newest hot melt adhesive applicator at Pack Expo West. The KH100 High Output Melt Unit can operate up to six heads and is supported by a complete range of pattern control accessories.
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Horizontal f/f/s system

The Autopouch is Action Packaging Automation's (Roosevelt, NJ) new low-profile horizontal form/fill/seal system. It uses rollstock made from a variety of materials to produce filled pouches in sizes up to 18" x 30" at speeds to 40/min.
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
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Vacuum capper

An economical new automatic linear vacuum capping machine for lug jar closures is now available from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ). The STV C-150 automatic linear capping machine accommodates caps from 38 mm to 110 mm in dia; jars from 40 mm to 230 mm H, at speeds to 300/min.
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
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Case packer

Packaging Automation's (Eagan, MN) Model PAC-H compact case packer is not much wider than the conveyor framework, allowing it to fit into lines where available floorspace is minimal.
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Thermal-transfer printer

Designed as a replacement for conventional hot stamp and hot ink coders on most vf/f/s, cartoning and intermittent-motion machines, the EasyPrint CD is a compact programmable thermal-transfer printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ).
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.
At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
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Ingredient labeling for sausage casings

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule that would require the ingredient labeling of natural or collagen casings used in sausages, hot dogs and other meat products when they are derived from a species that is different from that of the encased product.

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