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One for all

To best profit from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), North American manufacturers should be aiming at one product, one package and one label for U.S., Mexican and Canadian markets, according to the North American Alliance, which includes the trade associations GMA, Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada and ConMexico.
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Prop 65 for Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts legislature is considering a chemical warning label bill patterned after California's Proposition 65. Testifying in opposition before the state Joint Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, GMA and NFPA both argued strongly against the bill.
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Rubber hits the road at FDA

Agency tells companies with rubber in products and packaging to get rid of the latex or use warning labels.
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Packaging takes on a Latin flavor

The co-location of Expopak de las Americas 99 and Procesa 99 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, June 22 to 25, is expected to attract 25ꯠ attendees from North, Central and South America.
Users spray foam from the returnable containers onto everything from buildings (shown) to refrigerated trucks.
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Fomo tracks many happy returns

A tracking system better controls Fomo Products' fleet of returnable containers holding foam insulation chemicals. That helps the company save up to $60ꯠ/yr.
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Beta testing will determine U.S. plastic beer bottle spec(s)

Some time after a computer software code is written, but before it is commercially launched, it undergoes a period of beta testing. During this period, select users try the program out, spot bugs in it, figure out function shortcuts, criticize the program's performance and let the developer know what they like and don't like about the software.
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Baxter softens PVC stance

"For certain IV bags, we're looking to replace PVC. That would happen gradually, on a product-by-product basis because of the long period of time required for regulatory submission and approval," according to Deborah Spak, senior manager in communications for Baxter Intl.
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The Food Institute: Food safety newsletter

The Food Institute (Fair Lawn, NJ) has launched Food Safety Issues, an eight-page newsletter authored by experts in the regulatory arena. It's available to all Food Institute members each month.
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SmithKline speeds package development

Packaging plays a key role in SmithKline Beecham's efforts to launch new drugs globally versus market-by-market. Material standardization may also help reduce time-to-market by nearly half.
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Court criticizes FDA on rejected claims

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, considered the most influential court of appeals on regulatory matters, essentially rejected FDA's high-handed approach to denying health claims deemed lacking "significant scientific agreement." It faulted the agency for failing to define "significant scientific agreement" and for refusing even to consider allowing manufacturers to make some label claims as long as they're mitigated by an FDA-approved disclaimer statement.

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