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Country-of-origin labeling on the fast track?

The Clinton Administration is fighting for renewal of its fast-track negotiating authority in international trade. Meanwhile, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is fighting to see that the proposal to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables doesn't get wrapped into the fast track bill by supporters willing to trade their vote on fast track for inclusion of the labeling proposal.
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FMI endorses OTC changes

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) supports FDA's proposed regulation to establish a standardized labeling format for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But in comments to FDA, the trade group asked for national uniformity in requirements for OTC drug product labeling.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) and Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) have formed Arakawa Europe GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) to sell Arkon(TM) hydrocarbon resins, which are used as tackifiers in various adhesive applications.
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Low-level palletizer

The Samovi Ricart Series 5000 low-level palletizer is now available from General Corrugated Machinery (Palisades Park, NJ). Its simple mechanical design is said to offer reliable operation and low maintenance.
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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
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Palace Packaging Machines: Desiccant inserter

Model DF-LS desiccant inserter from Palace Packaging Machines (Downingtown, PA) inserts most varieties of desiccants into bottles at speeds to 120/min.
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Pediatric labeling

FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that labels of OTC pediatric analgesic and antipyretic drugs could contain directions for children down to two months of age.
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Consumers want better packaging

Friends and family who know I have "something to do with" packaging are always asking me to pass on their packaging complaints, observations and requests.
This 63-g refillable bottle (left) made of homopolymer PEN, developed by Coca-Cola for its mineral waters, is washed at 80?C (1
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Heat resistance leads to refillable PEN

Having learned valuable lessons from a returnable PEN bottle used by a sister company in Uruguay, Coca-Cola Germany introduces a new container made of homopolymer PEN.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Thomas Engineering Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has acquired Service Industries Midwest, Inc. (Rolling Meadows, IL), a manufacturer of blister packaging machinery tooling and change parts.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
Since containers must be completely dry prior to shrink labeling, they pass through a series of air blowers that remove all resi
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules (sidebar)

Shrink labelers make their North American debut
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Film for bakery, confectionery

Mobil Bicor® LTSC film is a two-side coated, one-side sealable OPP film for bakery and confectionery applications available from Mobil's Films Div.
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DuPont Packaging: High-performance ionomer

For use in blown and cast film applications, Surlyn® 2601 by DuPont (Wilmington, DE) is a high-performance version of ionomer workhorse grade Surlyn 1601.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
This close-up shows the starwheels and center guide for an air cleaner at Seagram?s LaSalle plant. Located on the center guide i
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Seagram salutes the end of tweaking

Seagram combines two bottling lines into one medium-speed line for a broad variety of spirits in glass bottles. Quick-change parts for cleaning, filling, capping and conveying equipment reduce downtime and labor costs.
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Peristaltic pump filler

ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) has developed a two-head metered dispensing system suitable for laboratory or pharmaceutical applications. It fills thin and slightly viscous liquids into containers ranging from 0.25 mL to 500 mL.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET

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