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FDA nixes tomato health claim

FDA will not allow manufacturers of tomato products and dietary supplements containing lycopene to put health claims on labels and in advertising that link lycopene to a reduced risk of many forms of cancer.
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Italian officials sieze contaminated baby milk...

manufactured by Swiss food giant Nestle after tests showed it was contaminated with traces of ink used in the packaging.
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India calls for pictorial warning on tobacco products...

will shortly issue a notification fixing stringent norms for tobacco packaging and labelling, cautioning about its ill effects.
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Sourcing in China saves UK manufactures up to 80% ...

A recent survey of UK manufacturers concludes that the potential cost savings to manufacturers to source cheaper sub components are absolutely huge.
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Japanese fake beer for kids is back...

this time shocking New Zealand Alcohol Healthwatch director.
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Qualified health claims may mislead

The Food and Drug Administration’s policy of allowing preliminary health claims on food labels if accompanied by a disclaimer may mislead consumers. An FDA working paper posted on the agency’s Web site described a study to investigate the communication effects of four means of conveying information about the level of scientific certainty supporting a health claim on the label.
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Food and beverage automation set to grow

Regulatory changes made in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will spur faster automation growth, study says.
The GPS track-and-trace device measures about six inches.
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GPS track-and-trace demo

UCLA researchers demonstrate a wireless GPS-sensor tracking system that targets the cold chain and other applications.
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Counterfeiting drugs: Growing, global problem

The problem of counterfeit drugs is definitely a global issue, says Jim Kouri, a vice president of the National Assn. of Police Chiefs and a security consultant and author.
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RFID value beyond compliance

Former Sara Lee exec Ray Hagedorn shares that company's lessons as he emphasizes looking for value in RFID.
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Probiotic labeling needs tightening

The growing popularity in Europe of dairy and other beverages labeled probiotic have led to calls for tighter regulation of the claim.
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Product focus: Tamper-evident RFID tags

Smart&Secure technology fights product counterfeiting, diversion, and tampering in the supply chain at a 10% premium to typical RFID tags.
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California AG sues over acrylamide

The State’s attorney general filed suit under Proposition 65 against some of the biggest food companies, including McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Frito-Lay, to force them to put warning labels on all French fries and potato chips sold in California because they contain high levels of acrylamide, a known carcinogen.

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