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).
Modern technologies and processes are producing new versions of familiar food products that are tastier, more healthful or more nutritious. But because their composition may change significantly, these foods may not be called by their traditional names under current Standards of Identity (SI).
IDFA has asked FDA to reconsider the industry's petition to allow dairy-related health claims on food packaging. Specifically, it wants permission for claims associating adequate calcium intake with reduced hypertension risk.
In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.