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Packaging specs for a variety of plants or departments are divided up electronically into a series of folders representing pla
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SmithKline software simplifies specs management

Packaging specifications software helps SmithKline Beecham tame paperwork associated with an unwieldy packaging component inventory.
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FDA 'tampers' with gel capsule labels

The Food & Drug Administration capped its regulatory efforts to make two-piece gelatin OTC capsules harder to tamper with by requiring manufacturers to seal capsules and to use at least one "tamper-evident" packaging feature.
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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.
Packaging specs such as this one, including container drawings from vendors, are maintained and accessed electronically by those
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance

New software helps SmithKline Beecham comply with FDA GMPs for creating and disseminating packaging specifications. Software permits validation of packaging spec dissemination process, virtually eliminating exposure to compliance violations. Part one of two.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
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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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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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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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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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