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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms (sidebar)

Sour grapes on wine labels?
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Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
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Type too small?

The Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Assn. (NDMA) supports FDA's attempt to simplify OTC drug labels but called for greater flexibility in the proposed 6-point type size requirement.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Recycled content: Is the loop broken?

Part two of our exclusive look at recycled-content plastic packaging reports how some packagers justify using recycled resin, even in down markets. Plus, evidence that the "closing the loop" issue won't go away soon.
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Dietary supplements Kellogg wants claim Where's the fat?

ACalifornia State Dept. of Conservation study of that state's beverage container recycling law recommends changes that would simplify the way the bottle deposits fund recycling, potentially reducing paperwork for packagers.
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The food industry got half a loaf when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act last year. The act required the Food & Drug Administration to establish national uniform tolerance standards for pesticides as a residual additive in processed foods.
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Plastics' broken loop

Recycled-content legislation has receded, environmentalists have been quiet and virgin PET is plentiful and cheap. Packagers are divided on whether to continue their commitments to use post-consumer resin in the U.S. market.
This map shows the counties that are considered Clean Air Act non-attainment areas as of Feb. ?97. The color guide illustrates t
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Return of the 'domino theory'

Even small increases in upstream investments to manage new ozone and VOC rules could aggregate into weighty packaging cost increases.
Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Datalogic, Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA) entered a strategic partnership with Laetus am Sandberg (Alsbach, Germany), a div. of Romaco, Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ).
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Dietary supplements

By the end of April, FDA must set a "reasonable deadline" for publishing a final rule on proposed health claims for dietary supplement labels, ruled a U.S.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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FDA allows first food-specific health claim

Setting an important precedent, Chicago-based Quaker Oats is the first company to apply for and receive permission from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to make food-specific health claims on its packages.
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
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Legal primer guides packaging professionals

What kind of fee flexibility can you expect for legal service?

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