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FDA demands proof of botanical claims

FDA is cracking down on increasingly popular botanically enhanced foods and beverages, demanding proof they are safe and do not make false and misleading claims.
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FDA on vitamin health claims

FDA settled a lawsuit by reaching an agreement on a health claim for B vitamins and vascular disease. The agency will allow the following health claim on labels of dietary supplements containing folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12: “As part of a well-balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 may reduce the risk of vascular disease.*” But the claim must be immediately followed by the following sentence in the same size, type face, and contrast as the first sentence: “*FDA evaluated the above claim and found that, while it is known that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol reduce the risk of heart disease and other vascular diseases, the evidence in support of the above claim is inconclusive.” FDA disallowed health claims relating antioxidant vitamins (vitamin C and vitamin E, alone or in combination) to reduced risk of certain kinds of cancer or of individual cancers (cancer of the bladder, breast, cervix, colon, rectum, oral cavity/pharynx, esophagus, lung, prostate, pancreas, skin, and stomach), finding that the scientific evidence against the relationship was greater than that for the relationship.
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Biotech food updates

In comments to FDA, the National Food Processors Assn. reiterated its support of FDA’s proposed guidance for voluntary labeling of biotech foods.
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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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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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Smurfit-Stone DI-NA-CAL: Smurfit-Stone DI-NA-CAL: Security labels

Di-Na-Secure heat transfer labels from Di-Na-Cal® Label Group (Cincinnati, OH) feature special optically variant ink technology that can be incorporated into the label design, thus eliminating the possibility of counterfeiting, company says.
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American Bank Note Holographics, Inc: TE holographic label

HoloSeal™ from American Bank Note (Elmsford, NY) is a tamper evident holograph device used in a product label that seals the manufacturer’s package or container.
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Top Oil counters with 'Super' decoration

As this issue goes to press, Asian automotive distributors are beginning to sell a new motor oil line armed with special front-and-back bottle decorations that fight counterfeiting.
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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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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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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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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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