Trends and Issues

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100% proof of identity

Ukrainian importers of the Smirnoff brand of vodka overcame counterfeit sales this spring by adding a clear polyvinyl chloride neck shrink sleeve that features an optically variable device (OVD) to ensure product brand identity.
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Business wins a round on ergonomics

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s comprehensive ergonomics regulations, which would have taken effect in October, were overturned by Congress in a first-time use of the Congressional Review Act of 1996.
Antibacterial  products like this hand soap would have to be very careful of its status with EPA before selecting package compon
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EPA trying to wrap up packaging standard

Agency would require containers for pesticide and anti-microbial products to pass DOT performance tests.
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SouthPack 2001 wrap

SouthPack ’01 brought packaging manufacturers together from April 24 to 26 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. The three-day show managed to spark some new technology interests, although many exhibitors were quick to notice the slow pace of attendees throughout the exhibition hall.
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A heads up to food manufacturers

The proliferation of new food products in which botanicals and other novel ingredients are added to conventional foods prompted the Food and Drug Administration to send a cautionary letter.
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P&G puts packaging a click away

Procter & Gamble’s director of corporate purchases talks about how packaging design and procurement will become increasingly web-based and collaborative.
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Proposed new biotech food rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a 120-day premarket notification for biotech foods in which manufacturers would provide the FDA with information demonstrating that the product is as safe as its conventional counterpart.
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Stop faulty garlic claims

The Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted formal petitions to both Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission in December to halt labeling and advertising claims that garlic supplements reduce cholesterol by some manufacturers of dietary supplements.
Gorton's of Gloucester operated with an HACCP program 20 years before it was required, and its packaging has several control poi
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Something fishy about HACCP

FDA and USDA plan to re-examine seafood and meat inspection programs, and to consider possible tightening of regulations.
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Vampires maybe, cholesterol no

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is advising consumers that many label and ad claims that garlic supplements lower cholesterol are false and misleading.
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New health claim for heart disease

The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new health claim for food labels linking plant sterol or plant stanol to a reduction in coronary heart disease.
Church & Dwight's complex, two-layer top label deftly balances high-speed application, consumer convenience and food-grade TE re
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Over-the-top effort solves TE challenges

Arm & Hammer’s p-s TE label for its new HDPE shaker bottle of baking soda uses two types of adhesives. The duo performs tamper-evidence while it meets regulatory requirements for foods.
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Foreign drugs to require U.S. packaging

Congress allows “reimportation” of cut-rate pharmaceuticals, but labeling and packaging rules for U.S. consumption remain an open question.
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Open up and say 'Ah' (sidebar)

FDA sticks its nose into antihistamines
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Ban functional foods, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, DC-based consumer activist group, is calling on the FDA to halt the sale of dozens of functional foods it says contain ingredients not considered safe by the agency.
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FDA OKs potassium health claim

FDA has given the green light to a health claim on food labels that states “Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) and Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and market cap liner compounds for the Americas.
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FDA modifies diet supplement claims approach

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in 1999 that the Food and Drug Administration should consider allowing health claims on dietary supplements even though they are not widely recognized as valid by the scientific community.

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