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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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Envisioning new OTC labels

Potential changes to over-the-counter drug labeling came into clearer focus on Sept. 29 when the Food & Drug Administration held a public hearing soliciting ideas for a redesigned label.
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More media issue inflation?

A recent report in the New York Times faulting nutrient content figures on packaged pre-cut vegetables and fruits was another case of media attention to what FDA considers a low-priority issue, said FDA food labeling director Dr.
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Nutritional label fine-tuning

FDA is very pleased with all aspects of its food labeling requirements under the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA), said Dr. Ed Scarborough, director of FDA's office of food labeling.
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Digital printing on demand

Indigo America (Woburn, MA) demonstrated for the first time in the U.S. its new Omnius(TM) One-Shot Color(TM) web-fed press for short-run, on-demand package printing.
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Adhesive applicator

Series 5600 melt-on-demand application system from Nordson (Duluth, GA) melts and pumps conventional hot melts and moisture-curing reactive materials on a continuous basis for high-volume converting applications such as label stock, specialty tapes or wide-web laminating.
Specialty Brands1 decision to change its caps to a custom green color is an attempt to    maintain brand consistency. Label pane
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Spicing up a line

Specialty Brands revamps its Durkee Spice products for a more contemporary look. A switch from PP to PET, new sizes, graphics and freshness coding add flavor to a well-established line.
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Canadian/American aseptic PET bottling line has European roots

by Ben Miyares, editorial director, Packaging Strategies
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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CPSC ponders skewering charcoal labels

Backyard barbecues are a time-honored American tradition, but they can be dangerous. Improper use of charcoal products in grills and hibachis kill an average of 26 people a year and injure another 400.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) purchased an industrial site and began equipment selection for a new beverage carton converting operation in Mexico.
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Sensor mounts

The VG-612 sensor mount from Valu Guide (Irvine, CA) is designed for accurate positioning of sensors, reflectors and other devices. When used with the VG-022-01 Rail Clamp it provides quick adjustment and can be mounted below or above guide rails.
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
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Labeler helps juice marketer expand

Downeast Sunsprouts, Inc., a small family-run health food business, must be able to put out 10ꯠ bottles of its 100% fresh-squeezed fruit juice per day to keep up with growing demand for its product in its expanding New England market.
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Budget battle may clip EPA's wings

Regulatory reformers are using the budget process to curb the powers of federal regulatory agencies, often by denying funding for specific programs. Uncertainty reigns at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it waits to see how Congress handles its appropriations.

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