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More backlash for China? UK company to produce PLA at home. . .

British sausage company Debbie & Andrew's wants to bring home production for starch-based polylactic acid—PLA.
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Wax, dyes and formaldehyde found in Chinese food products. . .

China's government has closed nearly 180 plants after inspections discovered raw industrial materials in biscuits, flour, and seafood.
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Private label in Europe is sweet on candy. . .

A recent Neilsen study indicates that the retailer brand confectionery market has grown significantly in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
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FDA: Dietary supplements must comply with good manufacturing practices. . .

Good manufacturing practices (eGMP) will ensure that dietary supplements are labeled accurately, are produced in a quality manner, and do not contain impurities or contaminants.
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In Canada, drug dealers' packaging lures kids. . .

Okanagan (Native North American) drug dealers in Canada are packaging crystal meth to look like Pixy Stix candy in an effort to lure youngsters into addiction, according to local law enforcement officials.
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Packaging company moves in to Russia. . .

Seeking profits in the growing market of eastern Europe, Rexam has purchased Russian beverage can maker Rostar from the Russian aluminum conglomerate En + Group. Rostar has facilities in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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In South America, Brazil leads packaging boom. . .

Growing economies and rising disposable incomes are contributing to the growth of the packaging industry in much of South America, but particularly in Brazil, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
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Packaging should connect with shopping "zombies". . .

Retail packaging design should maintain the advertising message consumers receive before they enter the store.
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EU's new REACH law on chemicals reaches you

With the first of June came the start of a new regulation, called REACH, about chemicals in Europe. It’s a huge change in existing law, so big it’s going to take 11 years to phase in. But if you send chemical substances to Europe or make chemical substances in Europe, the law is going to place new requirements on you sooner or later. That’s why prudent companies are already evaluating its effect on their businesses and taking action.
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France makes a "come back" in the wine market. . .

Yellow Jersey (in a plastic bottle sealed with a screw cap) is being tested in the "experimental packaging haven" of Ontario, Canada, before a global roll out. Jean-Charles Boisset, president of the French winery, boasts about the innovative packaging twists, including a sporty, non-slip rubbery bottle intended to be reused for water or juice—even fitting snugly into a bicycle's water holder.
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Cadbury to dump water for chocolate?

Rumors abound in the global confectionary market that UK-based Cadbury is looking to sell off its water segment and build its candy portfolio with companies like Lindt, Italy's Ferrero (Nutella), and German jelly maker Haribo. Confounded analysts believe the beverage division has been shoring up the ailing chocolate business.Source: Foodproductiondaily.com
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Product loyalty lives on long after the lipstick is gone. . .

Women are so intensely loyal to their favorite beauty product that when an item is discontinued they search Web sites, flea markets, thrift shops and closeout retailers hoping to stock up on their favorites.
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Canadian drug plant takes on low-cost competition. . .

 Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is pumping $6.1 million into a St. Laurent, Quebec plant that manufacturers, packages and distributes Advil, Centrum. and Dristan.
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Wal-Mart appeals China fraud case. . .

A Chinese consumer sued Wal-Mart and was awarded $275 for the retail giant's oversight mislabeling some tooth powder and selling biscuits past expiration date.
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Europe chemical registration affects packagers. . .

The EU's Registration Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) announced new regulations starting June 1 affecting packaging materials such as pulp and paper, plastics, metals, glass, coatings, printing inks, and adhesives.
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Chinese toothpaste--another brush with tainted products. . .

In Panama, some toothpaste imported from China contained the lethal chemical diethylene glycol. While the Food and Drug Administration has not found contaminated toothpaste in the United States, it is taking precautions after melamine found in pet food imported from China sickened thousands of cats and dogs.Source: Pet Connection.com/blog
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Hope YOU'RE not allergic in Canada. . .

A growing number of companies are using legal loopholes to avoid declaring some ingredients on pre-packaged food labels in Canada.

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