The National Academy of Sciences has begun a major overhaul of "recommended daily allowances" (RDAs) of nutrients found in food. Nutrition labels on food products indicate the percentage of the RDA supplied by the food product for each nutrient.
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Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has introduced the Model FSTS2-12H automatic filling, stoppering and tray loading system. It uses a positive displacement servo-driven pump to fill glass or plastic bottles ranging from 2 mL to 100 mL at speeds to 120 bottles/min.
The Plasti-Clip Line from Poly-Clip (Mundelein, IL) is a new system that uses USDA-approved plastic clips to close bagged or netted products. This makes easy metal detection possible and allows microwavability.
Ram Center (Red Wing, MN) will display robotic machinery for cus-tom-designed packaging and materials handling systems. Applications include PET preform feeding systems, PET preform line balancing, PET bottle bulk palletizing, product case loading and case palletizing.
The Tri-Gard® Separating cap liner from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) lets packagers accomplish two goals at once. The multi-layered liner, already inside the cap when supplied to the packaging line, is induction sealed to a plastic bottle to provide a secure seal and tamper evidence.
All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
The Aidlin Series CF20/24S cap feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) is designed to orient and feed sports caps or TE rings to bottles. It uses a new method of orientation, says the company, to apply closures at speeds to 300/min.
ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Growth in see-through labels, three-dimensional labels and labeling of nonround containers are some of the labeling trends forecast by packagers in a recent market study commissioned by B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).
FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Cell-O air cushions as an alternative to paper packaging. Products are safeguarded by inserting one or more of the clear, HDPE cushions in the shipping container.