Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.
The 5-gal water bottling equipment from Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has been certified by NSF. Using a bacteriological swab test, Portola's washers were tested to NSF standard 3 for sanitization efficacy using ozone as a disinfectant.
Coinciding with the start of the National Football League season last month, Golden, CO-based Coors Brewing issued a limited-edition "Pigskin" bottle debossed with leather-like grain, dimples and stitching found on real footballs.
Diagraph Corp. (St. Louis, MO) introduces the automatic LA/1000 labeler, an accurate, moderate-speed system built for industrial environments. Its wipe-on applicator is available with a brush or roller.
PC 18 vf/f/s machine from GEI Mateer (Exton, PA) produces pouches from 11/2" to 12" W to hold product volumes from 1/4 oz to 1 gal. Handles pumpable products like liquid cheese, as well as particulates up to 11/2".
CCL Label (Rosemont, IL) has broken ground on a new p-s label converting facility in Charlotte, NC. Operational by the end of the year, the new facility will consolidate operations of CCL's Cincinnati, OH, and Charlotte, NC, plants.