Web exclusive: Brasseries Heineken puts another brand in 1/2-L plastic and introduces a 1-L plastic beer bottle, consisting of three materials in five layers and coinjection stretch/blow-molded by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). Separately, Strasbourg, France-based Kronenbourg commits not only to the unusal step of self-manufacturing its own PET bottles, but to Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) coating process from Sidel (Norcross, GA).
In a move that could lead to significant changes in nutrition labeling requirements, FDA proposed the amount of trans fatty acids, or trans fat, be included in the nutrition facts panel on food labels.
In February 1999, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms granted authority to wine makers to include a mention that moderate consumption of wine is associated with a lower risk of heart disease for some people.
If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America are urging FDA to approve a pending health claim for labels that links soy protein with the prevention of coronary heart disease.
Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.