It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
In a letter to Packaging World, Laurie Root, manager of technical activities for the Institute of Packaging Professionals, Herndon, VA, took issue with the way Washington correspondents Bob Gatty and Cecilia Blalock characterized the approach of the new Congress to regulatory activity in their January '95 column.
Efforts by Congress to ease the federal regulatory burdens on business could have a big impact on all aspects of the packaging industry. Rep. David McIntosh (R-IN), a leader in the deregulation efforts, outlined a three-phase process.
FDA and its Administrator, Dr. David Kessler, are becoming the focal point for deregulation proponents on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) repeatedly has singled out FDA as an example of a government regulator that is hamstringing American business.
Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pondering recommendations by an ad hoc committee of the President's Cancer Panel, which said cigarette packaging misleads smokers by listing very low tar and nicotine contents and not indicating how much a smoker might actually inhale.