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Is recycling sacred in California?

If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
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Products such as these may soon be able to claim they help prevent heart disease.
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FDA urged to approve soy health claim

The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America are urging FDA to approve a pending health claim for labels that links soy protein with the prevention of coronary heart disease.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Supplement labels

In written testimony to FDA on structure/function claims for dietary supplements, Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) says that while consumer safety is obviously FDA's top priority, real risks are few and far between.
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FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program

Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Single food agency

Representatives of both the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) and GMA told a Senate subcommittee that a coordinated approach is preferable to a single food safety agency.
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Sugar labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.
Products such as these General Mills cereals may state a new health claim on its boxes.
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New health claim for whole grains

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new health claim for labels of foods containing 51% or more of whole grain ingredients by weight. Labels of products meeting this standard may state: "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fats and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers." This is the eleventh health claim approved by FDA for food labels and the first one to link a food's effect with two diseases.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ungaretti & Harris (Chicago, IL): Eric F. Greenberg, an attorney specializing in packaging law and regulations, joins as partner.
Fresh Plus is the brand for modified-atmosphere-packed sandwiches that are packaged on thermoform and seal machines using barrie
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Home meal replacements on the move

Increased consumer demand for home meal replacement spurs development of new technologies, new markets. A Packaging World special report.
Ranpak uses virtual reality modeling to demo its protective packaging equipment
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Site answers food label approval questions

Food packagers seeking guidance on obtaining approvals from USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) may want to visit Prime Label Consultants' (Washington, DC) site at www.primelabel.com.

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