Trends and Issues

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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.
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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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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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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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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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Wine bottles go 'green' for Europe

Citing European preference for “green” packaging, and to satisfy local regulatory prohibitions, Canandaigua Brands, Fairport, NY, has switched wine capsules on bottles it ships to Europe.
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Recall boosts biotech opponents

The discovery of genetically engineered corn not approved for human consumption in Taco Bell taco shells has given new fodder to opponents of biotech foods.
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Smurfit-Stone: Counterfeit protection

Smurfit-Stone Container (Chicago, IL) and Isotag Technology (Houston, TX) have created the MasterGuard™ system, a line of anticounterfeit and traceable packaging.
Hobart's wrappers and scales for supermarket packaging of fresh meats and produce were not designed to withstand high-pressure w
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Depends how you slice it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s packaging equipment certification proposal could raise costs for machinery buyers.
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Call for uniform food safety label system

The multiplicity of different warning labels on food packages and other consumer products is confusing to consumers and, in many cases, has led consumers to discount or disregard the warnings, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
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GMA evaluates Massachusetts plan

The GMA strongly supports the Product Stewardship Initiative that will be a central component of Massachusetts’ source reduction strategy. Under this initiative, the state works cooperatively with product manufacturers to decrease the amount of product packaging and provide for more reuse opportunities.
The CPSC has proposed a rule that would require child-resistant closures on a range of products, including car care products lik
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Battle brewing over child-resistant caps

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering mandating child-resistant closures for cosmetics, cleaning solvents and auto products, among others.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles (sidebar)

Meanwhile, at Miller Brewing
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GAO: weaknesses in functional foods regs

The GAO says current laws and regulations provide only limited assurance of the safety of dietary supplements and functional foods.
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House forms biotech caucus

Congress is facing an increasing number of legislative decisions relating to products produced through biotechnology, such as labeling of biotech foods.
Even overseas companies like Byk Gulden (left) use ink-jet systems to add variable information to its pharmaceutical containers.
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Mission impossible?

Congress is trying to forge an agreement between branded product marketers and product diverting companies for packaging codes that help in product recalls.
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One food safety agency?

The Food Marketing Institute has called for a single agency to be made responsible for all food safety questions.

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