Trends and Issues

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EastPack opens in New York

Co-located with three other shows in New York City’s Javits Center, EastPack 2002 runs June 4 through June 6. A full IoPP conference schedule is part of the package.
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Dr. David Armstrong of FDA addresses the conference, while Dr. Peter Slade (center) and Dr. Chuck Sizer look on.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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PipeLine: Packaging security: Which issues belong?

Nearly everywhere you look these days, the front-of-mind issue is security. Whether it be on a national or individual or company basis, security is a hot topic.
Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Rules & Regs: FDA extending consideration of health claim

FDA is taking another look at its interim final rule allowing a health claim on food packages touting the relationship between plant sterol/ stanol esters and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Materials: Anti-counterfeiting pigments

Flex Products (Santa Roas, CA) has introduced SecureShift™ pigments. Capable of being incorporated in inks, films, coatings, plastics, or fabrics, these pigments serve as an effective anti-counterfeiting measure for major brands because they’re believed to be impossible to copy and are easy to identify.
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Marconi Data Systems to be sold to Danaher

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marconi plc, announced that Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi for $400 million.
Will packaged goods companies face price increases from converters who have to reduce emissions generated by coating and laminat
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Web of confusion

EPA’s proposed clean air standard is likely to cost packagers, one way or another, in add-on costs by manufacturers or converters.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to consolidate in to a single independent agency the responsibilities for food safety, labeling, and inspection currently scattered among some 12 federal agencies.
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Upset over inserts (sidebar)

Stop bugging us!
Multi-panel labels have permitted some products to eliminate outer folding cartons. But FDA's proposal on inserts could change t
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Upset over inserts

New FDA demands for package inserts would bloat printing requirements and force some products to add outer cartons.
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Harmonizing U.S. and Canada nutrition labels

Health Canada, our northern neighbor’s counterpart to the Food and Drug Administration, has proposed amendments to its regulations governing nutrition labeling, nutrient content claims, and diet-related health claims.
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Non-GE labels misleading, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on FDA to take action against seven food manufacturers for making false and misleading label claims related to the absence of genetically engineered ingredients.
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Food allergens nothing to sneeze at

FDA is looking more closely at food labels and processing/packaging materials to determine whether incidental additives must be declared.
Colorful front labels are applied to pouches by a tamp labeler (top). On the can-filling side, cans are positively captured on t
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Packaging technologies blossom at seed company

Filling of plant seeds into cans and pouches sold to commercial growers took a big step forward when Seminis built a new plant. Front-and-back labeling systems are standouts.
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FDA reorganizes food additive functions

FDA replaced its Office of Premarket Approval with a new Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) in an effort to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its reviews.
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FDA summons consumer input

FDA will conduct consumer focus groups to ascertain consumers’ understanding, perceptions, and acceptance of food label statements on irradiation.

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