USDA is expected to issue a second draft of its organic labeling regulations by the end of the year. Bowing to pressure from the organics industry, the latest draft will include a stricter definition of what can be labeled organic.
Windmoeller & Hoelscher's (Lincoln, RI) AD® CONVERTEX produces block-bottom valve bags made of woven plastic fabric without adhesives for use in packaging petrochemical, agricultural and building materials.
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decreed that as of August 1999 egg cartons must bear a label indicating that eggs must be refrigerated and that uncracked, uncooked eggs must be kept at a temperature of 45°F while being processed and shipped to consumers.
A new six-page pocket folder from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) details flexible screw conveyors, automatic conveying systems, weigh batching systems and volumetric feeding systems for powder and bulk solid materials.
A servo-controlled bottle-plate technology is available on Krones' (Franklin, WI) cold-glue and p-s labelers. Replacing traditionally engineered cams, the technology allows between 16 and 64 programs to be stored.