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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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'Open wide!' Down the hatch go GMPs for dietary supplements (sidebar)

Writing on the wall for dietary supplement labels
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Line portal robot

The Linapal line portal (gantry) robot from Krones (Franklin, WI) handles loads of up to one ton at speeds to 360 cycles/hr. Applications include palletizing and depalletizing, crate/carton packing and unpacking, removal of inverted trays or layer pads, and order picking.
A HACCP system could be force-fed to producers of dietary supplements such as the products (above) produced by Phoenix, AZ-based
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'Open wide!' Down the hatch go GMPs for dietary supplements

FDA may force-feed HACCP system to manufacturers. Companies threaten to gag on new rules.
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Sleeve wrap/bundler

Damark (Lewisville, TX) will introduce its HS Series sleeve wrap/bundler at Pack Expo West. Reaching speeds to 30 packages/min, the wrapper is controlled by a SLC 500 PLC and is equipped with heavy-duty electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components for continuous high- speed operation.
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Colorant systems

M.A. Hanna Color (Suwanee, GA) has introduced a new line of colorant systems called ComPETe(TM). The new systems-pellets, flakes or liquid color-are designed to improve precision color for PET resins used in packaging applications and are said to provide improvement in color consistency for blow- and stretch/blow-molding processes.
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Spanish training manuals

Two packaging machinery training manuals have been translated into Spanish by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) on Packaging Machines [Controladores Logicos Programables (PLC) en Maquinas Envasadoras] and Labeling (Etiquetado).
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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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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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Label materials guide

A Label Materials and Consumables Guide is now available from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO). It includes a matrix that matches various facestocks, adhesives, special qualities, surfaces, environmental conditions and common applications with the appropriate label materials.
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
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Flat case conveyor

Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) has introduced the Model 2512 vertical flat case transport with shingling conveyor. This off-line system automatically transports stacked corrugated cases.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Smith Marketing Services (Simi Valley, CA) was chosen a manufacturer's representative by Jomar Corp. (Pleasantville, NY) to sell the company's blow molding machinery on the West Coast.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
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Glutamate labeling?

FDA's proposal to require new labeling declarations about the free glutamate content of foods is "scientifically unwarranted," the American Frozen Foods Institute told the agency.
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.

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