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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.
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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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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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Antibacterial claims misleading?

Many types of household products sporting "antibacterial" labels are being snapped up by germ-wary consumers, but there is growing concern among government regulators and health professionals that many labels are misleading.
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Food claims at risk, too?

A leading expert on food labeling says FDA's position on dietary supplement labeling is likely to mean food manufacturers also will face closer scrutiny of their claims.
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Herbal labeling?

In a late September meeting, there remained disagreement between the herbal remedy industry and regulators over what types of claims should be allowed on herbal remedies.
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Beam it down...in size

FDA now says 'irradiation' disclosure on food labels doesn't have to be a 'warning label.' Still, the food industry hopes for more concessions from the Food Safety & Inspection Service.
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Lilly likes PEN for veterinary product

A new treatment for respiratory problems in pigs and chickens is administered in the field, where the breakability of glass packaging is a concern. A homopolymer PEN bottle provides a shatter-resistant answer and delivers all the shelf life needed.
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New egg labeling

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decreed that as of August 1999 egg cartons must bear a label indicating that eggs must be refrigerated and that uncracked, uncooked eggs must be kept at a temperature of 45°F while being processed and shipped to consumers.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices

Agency specifies explicit warning statement for juices that aren't pasteurized. But NFPA wanted more.

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