Recycled-content legislation has receded, environmentalists have been quiet and virgin PET is plentiful and cheap. Packagers are divided on whether to continue their commitments to use post-consumer resin in the U.S. market.
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Setting an important precedent, Chicago-based Quaker Oats is the first company to apply for and receive permission from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to make food-specific health claims on its packages.
Last month in Ohio, Campbell Soup Co. began testing its Intelligent Quisine concept. The three-meals-per-day, 10-week program includes more than 40 items-from sirloin beef tips to French toast with sausage to peanut butter bars-that are shipped via UPS to consumers' homes.
Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).