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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform efforts continue on Capitol Hill and food packaging stands to be affected. The Food Safety Reform Coalition (representing food and beverage manufacturers) is working to amend legislation introduced by Rep.
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After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
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Luster pigments for food contact

Mearlin® Micro Pearls from Mearl (Briarcliff Manor, NY) is a new line of luster pigments for food-contact plastic packaging. Pigments consist of titanium and/or iron oxide-coated mica with a very fine particle size of 2 to 24 microns.
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Thermoforming resins

Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) has introduced two new HDPE resins for extruding or thermoforming that allow up to 20% faster cycle times and downgauging by as much as 10% compared to traditional HDPE resins.
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Aluminum particle additive

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has developed an aluminum particle additive that, when blended with a resin prior to production, adds a sparkle effect to plastics.
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Heat-sealable films

Tredegar Film Products (Richmond, VA) has expanded its line of Monax®Plus oriented HDPE films to include six coextruded heat-sealable films for bag-in-box applications, slug wrap or sealant layers in laminations.
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PEN homopolymer okay for food contact

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited regulation permitting the use of polyethylene naphthalate homopolymer for food packaging.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

BASF Corp. Plastic Materials (Mt. Olive, NJ) plans a 70-million lb/yr expansion for its Freeport, TX, nylon 6 engineering resin plant.
The flat blank is folded in half down the center, loosening the plastic sleeve enough to permit the computer to be tucked inside
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NEC suspends material costs

A new type of suspension pack outperforms its predecessor at a 20% cost savings for NEC Technologies' notebook computers.

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