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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

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).
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Standards of identity

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).
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier?

Some U.S. companies worry that new IS0 14000 standards are another European effort to stymie imports of U.S.-made products. Will this be a replay of ISO 9000?
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier? (sidebar)

British bottlemaker leads the way
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Dairy health claims

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.
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Gas cylinder regs take attention from oxygen generators

Oxygen cylinders grabbed attention after the ValuJet crash. Now hazardous materials packed in gas cylinders are generating plenty of attention at federal agencies.
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Global green guidelines

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).
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

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.

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