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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs (sidebar)

Pouches reach U.S. in Visions line
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Coca-Cola taps PET to launch water

After months of speculation, water in plastic bottles from Atlanta, GA-based The Coca-Cola Co. is the real thing in the U.S. The pale blue-tinted polyethylene terephthalate bottles provide a distinctive appearance for Dasani, which the company expects to launch nationwide this spring.
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Soy health claims

FDA has proposed allowing a health claim on packages of foods containing soy protein. But at 34 and 31 words respectively, FDA's suggested claims are too long, says the National Food Processors Assn.
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FDA 'tampers' with gel capsule labels

The Food & Drug Administration capped its regulatory efforts to make two-piece gelatin OTC capsules harder to tamper with by requiring manufacturers to seal capsules and to use at least one "tamper-evident" packaging feature.
Packaging specs for a variety of plants or departments are divided up electronically into a series of folders representing pla
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SmithKline software simplifies specs management

Packaging specifications software helps SmithKline Beecham tame paperwork associated with an unwieldy packaging component inventory.
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FDA proposes health claim labeling for soy proteins

Responding to a petition by soy protein maker Protein Technologies Intl., the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new health claims linking soy protein with a reduction in coronary heart disease.
Packaging specs such as this one, including container drawings from vendors, are maintained and accessed electronically by those
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance

New software helps SmithKline Beecham comply with FDA GMPs for creating and disseminating packaging specifications. Software permits validation of packaging spec dissemination process, virtually eliminating exposure to compliance violations. Part one of two.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
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Supplier news: International agreements

General Scanning Inc. (Watertown, MA) and Lumonics® Inc. (Kanata, Ontario, Canada) have signed a definitive agreement to combine the two companies, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.
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FDA says Weider's health claims lack muscle

Agency blocks the first effort to use a new expedited approval process for health claims on package labels. Who will try next?

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