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Cradle-to-cradle catches on (sidebar)

Seven reasons to start a cradle-to-cradle packaging workgroup
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Nuts to you

FDA gave the nod to the first of its qualified claims when it allowed packages of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts to contain the statement: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” The label must also tell consumers to check the back label for full calorie and fat information.
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Food Safety & the Role of X-Ray Inspection

There are any number of reasons you may be considering X-ray inspection for your product.
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Q&A: Marketing is the customer

Roger Caracappa, senior vice president global packaging at New York-based Estée Lauder, talks about how his background in marketing made him a suitable candidate for head of packaging at the $4.7 billion cosmetics firm.
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New health claims process proposed

In comments to the Food and Drug Administration, GMA proposed the establishment of a premarket notification program for qualified health claims on food labels based on the existing model used for generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances and food contact materials.
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A healthier message

The Food and Drug Administration has created a Better Information for Better Health task force to find ways to inform consumers of the health consequences of their food choices.
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Whatever happened to...?

In an effort to reduce its regulatory backlog, FDA decided to withdraw 83 proposed actions published more than five years ago.
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COO comments

The American Frozen Food Institute, Grocery Manufacturers of America, and the National Food Processors Assn. submitted joint comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture detailing their objections to the proposed country-of-origin labeling guidelines that will be used as a model for mandatory regulations taking effect on September 30, 2004.
As this prototype screen capture shows, the  Web-based Integrated Packaging Tool brings all elements of packaging together, incl
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Web Plus: Web-based tool cuts packaging costs

In a 1999 study of its own internal packaging processes, Minneapolis-based 3M (www.3M.com/packaging) discovered that tighter control of packaging information worldwide could save millions of dollars annually.
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Fee or tax?

Like the budgets of other administrations before it, the Bush 2004 budget contains “user fees” on food processing facilities regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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