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French brewers say <i>oui</i> to plastic

Web exclusive: Brasseries Heineken puts another brand in 1/2-L plastic and introduces a 1-L plastic beer bottle, consisting of three materials in five layers and coinjection stretch/blow-molded by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). Separately, Strasbourg, France-based Kronenbourg commits not only to the unusal step of self-manufacturing its own PET bottles, but to Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) coating process from Sidel (Norcross, GA).
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Protection from Listeria

Warning labels on food products to protect against Listeria is among the mandates proposed to the federal government by The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group.
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FDA packaging guidance gets bad 'wrap'

Brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers and OTC companies want more freedom to make packaging changes without major petitioning.
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Label copy a charged issue for irradiated beef

Beef processors and food companies can be excused for thinking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final approval of irradiation on raw red meat products is a bit undercooked.
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track' (sidebar)

Label ‘libel’ for biotech foods?
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track'

Agency offers details of new 120-day approval program usable for most—but not all—food-contact substrate materials.
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Biotech labeling and public hearing

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, introduced a bill requiring mandatory labeling of all food products developed from or containing ingredients derived from biotechnology.
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FDA proposes trans fat nutrition labeling

In a move that could lead to significant changes in nutrition labeling requirements, FDA proposed the amount of trans fatty acids, or trans fat, be included in the nutrition facts panel on food labels.
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OSHA wants more muscle

Agency is looking to build up its access to get confidential consultant reports and hold companies to higher ergonomics standards.
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A spoonful of guidance makes the packaging go down

FDA clarifies aspects of just-released ‘new’ drug packaging guidance. However, industry is very anxious about upcoming ‘old’ drug guidance.

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