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House forms biotech caucus

Congress is facing an increasing number of legislative decisions relating to products produced through biotechnology, such as labeling of biotech foods.
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Premarket review for biotech foods

FDA proposes that bioengineered foods and animal feeds marketers notify the agency four months before going to market.
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Miller unveils plastic cap

As television ads touting its plastic beer bottle begin to appear with some frequency, Miller has completed its development of an injection-molded plastic closure that replaces ROPP aluminum. Easier-to-recycle package is spotted in Chicago.
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One food safety agency?

The Food Marketing Institute has called for a single agency to be made responsible for all food safety questions.
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Good for the goose

GMA and the National Food Processors Assn. are calling on FDA to apply the same policy on health claims to both conventional foods and dietary supplements.
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Alcohol hearings cut

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms cut the number of public hearings on health claims and health-related statements on alcoholic beverages and advertising from five to two after too few people requested to testify.
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Nonbiotech food claims

The current controversy over biotech foods may prompt some manufacturers to make nonbiotech food claims. Speaking at a March meeting sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a GMA spokesperson said guidelines for voluntary nonbiotech claims are needed to ensure that the claims do not mislead consumers about the composition, safety or quality of the labeled food or falsely imply that other products are less safe.
Given the label language that EPA plans to implement, consider the position of Bio-Cide, Inc. Its company name on a container wi
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EPA labeling proposal bugs industry

Agency proposal would ban numerous terms from labels of anti-microbial products—and even trade names.
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Claims and warnings on alcohol labels

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has scheduled public hearings on whether health claims should be allowed on alcoholic beverages. BATF is also considering whether the negative consequences of imbibing would make health-related statements misleading and therefore should be disqualified.
Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.

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