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Alcoholic beverage packaging ban stuns

A new proposal to limit packaging options staggers industry. Agency would ban alcohol in packages that could lure underage drinkers.
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A kinder, gentler FDA?

FDA needs to revise its constricted approval process to provide "an efficient, effective and timely process for dealing with health claims for foods and beverages," GMA told the agency in comments on the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, adding that the First Amendment prohibits FDA from acting as a "national censor." Both GMA and NFPA urged the agency to be more flexible in accepting authoritative statements to support health claims by a wider group of "federal scientific bodies." Currently, only two groups can make authoritative statements: a federal government scientific body with responsibility for public health protection or research directly related to nutrition (such as the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the National Academy of Sciences and its subdivisions.
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Prop 65 for Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts legislature is considering a chemical warning label bill patterned after California's Proposition 65. Testifying in opposition before the state Joint Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, GMA and NFPA both argued strongly against the bill.
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One for all

To best profit from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), North American manufacturers should be aiming at one product, one package and one label for U.S., Mexican and Canadian markets, according to the North American Alliance, which includes the trade associations GMA, Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada and ConMexico.
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Packaging takes on a Latin flavor

The co-location of Expopak de las Americas 99 and Procesa 99 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, June 22 to 25, is expected to attract 25ꯠ attendees from North, Central and South America.
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Beta testing will determine U.S. plastic beer bottle spec(s)

Some time after a computer software code is written, but before it is commercially launched, it undergoes a period of beta testing. During this period, select users try the program out, spot bugs in it, figure out function shortcuts, criticize the program's performance and let the developer know what they like and don't like about the software.
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Rubber hits the road at FDA

Agency tells companies with rubber in products and packaging to get rid of the latex or use warning labels.
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Baxter softens PVC stance

"For certain IV bags, we're looking to replace PVC. That would happen gradually, on a product-by-product basis because of the long period of time required for regulatory submission and approval," according to Deborah Spak, senior manager in communications for Baxter Intl.
Users spray foam from the returnable containers onto everything from buildings (shown) to refrigerated trucks.
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Fomo tracks many happy returns

A tracking system better controls Fomo Products' fleet of returnable containers holding foam insulation chemicals. That helps the company save up to $60ꯠ/yr.
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The Food Institute: Food safety newsletter

The Food Institute (Fair Lawn, NJ) has launched Food Safety Issues, an eight-page newsletter authored by experts in the regulatory arena. It's available to all Food Institute members each month.

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