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Reg reform slows

With the presidential election beginning to loom large, Republicans find themselves in an awkward position on regulatory reform. A plank in the Contract with America and a top priority for the business community, including those who manufacture and use packaging, regulatory reform could threaten the government's ability to enforce environmental laws, according to EPA officials and others.
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The seven model health claims

The FDA has sanctioned seven health claims that link a nutrient to a positive impact on a disease: * calcium and osteoporosis; * dietary lipids and cancer; * sodium and hypertension; * dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and risk of coronary heart disease; * fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables and cancer; * fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and risk of coronary heart disease; * and fruits and vegetables and cancer.
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Grocery groups join lobbying efforts

In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
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Reg reform redux

Although regulatory reform efforts stalled in the Senate last year, enough bipartisan support exists to fuel another attempt. New draft legislation being readied reportedly contains the popular risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis requirements, both of which would be examined by independent peer review panels.
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EPA targets flexible packaging industry on air emissions

In its bid to comply with mandates set forth in the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tooling up to focus on the converting industry.
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East Coast show packs power

Sponsors of EastPack '96 plan to wow visitors with the debut of the Packages '96 pavilion. Over 450 exhibitors and 10ꯠ visitors are expected, March 19-21, at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
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COPE readies consumer survey

In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
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FDA to permit simplified health claims on labels

USDA isn't the only agency embracing HACCP. At the Food &Drug Administration, mandatory HACCP regulations will be implemented over the next two years for seafood processors, the agency announced in December.
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New York gets flexible

Packagers of edible or otherwise nontoxic oils and greases now have a little more breathing space from the regulatory hand of Uncle Sam. Under a newly enacted law, federal agencies--except FDA and FSIS--must now differentiate between edible oils (fats, oils and greases from animal, vegetable or marine sources) and other oils/greases like petroleum when developing or enforcing regulations relating to transportation, storage, release, emission or disposal.
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More p-s labels to come?

Judging by the results of a recent exclusive Packaging World survey, pressure-sensitive labels are gaining in popularity at the expense of other forms of container decoration, including direct printing, glue-applied labels and screen printing.

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