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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.
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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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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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Interphex 2003: pharma shifts to Gen3 packaging

A technology shift is underway among pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers.
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More time for testing

FDA has asked the Office of Management and Budget to extend its approval of consumer surveys used by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in deciding labeling policies for food and dietary supplements.
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ARC issues pharma report

Just in time for the Interphex show, ARC Advisory Group has released a new Insight report analyzing the business drivers for Gen3 packaging automation in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
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Food security key goal at FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is taking “all appropriate measures” to enhance U.S. food safety and security, reported Dr. Mark McClellan, new FDA commissioner.
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FDA relaxes health claims rules

FDA announced a new policy on health claims on food labels, holding them to the same standard as dietary supplements. The “qualified” health claims must still be truthful, nonmisleading, and well substantiated by scientific evidence, but scientists need not have reached consensus on their validity.
New technology is putting bar codes on single-unit containers of medicine previously considered too small for standard bar codes
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Drug companies send FDA mixed message on bar codes

Brand-name, OTC and generic drug firms voice varying degrees of qualified acceptance of bar codes on pharmaceutical packages.
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WestPack: Only the name is the same

WestPack moves to a February time frame and is now co-locating with four other shows. Some 3ꯠ exhibitors and 42ꯠ attendees are expected to be on hand.

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