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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.
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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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Retailers need to play role in defeating counterfeits

The marketing and sale of counterfeit products hurts every member of the supply chain—except the counterfeiter.
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Miller unveils plastic cap

As television ads touting its plastic beer bottle begin to appear with some frequency, Miller has completed its development of an injection-molded plastic closure that replaces ROPP aluminum. Easier-to-recycle package is spotted in Chicago.
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Premarket review for biotech foods

FDA proposes that bioengineered foods and animal feeds marketers notify the agency four months before going to market.
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Good for the goose

GMA and the National Food Processors Assn. are calling on FDA to apply the same policy on health claims to both conventional foods and dietary supplements.
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Alcohol hearings cut

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms cut the number of public hearings on health claims and health-related statements on alcoholic beverages and advertising from five to two after too few people requested to testify.
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Constantia Hueck Foils Inc: Security blister packs

Hueck Foils (Wall, NJ) now offers its anti-counterfeit technology used on foreign currency for lidding materials on pharmaceutical blister packs. Intended to thwart product piracy, Protecco® combines printing and converting technologies including holography, mathematically defined microtext and special inks that appear only under UV fluorescent light.
Given the label language that EPA plans to implement, consider the position of Bio-Cide, Inc. Its company name on a container wi
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EPA labeling proposal bugs industry

Agency proposal would ban numerous terms from labels of anti-microbial products—and even trade names.
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Nonbiotech food claims

The current controversy over biotech foods may prompt some manufacturers to make nonbiotech food claims. Speaking at a March meeting sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a GMA spokesperson said guidelines for voluntary nonbiotech claims are needed to ensure that the claims do not mislead consumers about the composition, safety or quality of the labeled food or falsely imply that other products are less safe.
Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.
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Claims and warnings on alcohol labels

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has scheduled public hearings on whether health claims should be allowed on alcoholic beverages. BATF is also considering whether the negative consequences of imbibing would make health-related statements misleading and therefore should be disqualified.
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Protection from Listeria

Warning labels on food products to protect against Listeria is among the mandates proposed to the federal government by The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group.
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Label copy a charged issue for irradiated beef

Beef processors and food companies can be excused for thinking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final approval of irradiation on raw red meat products is a bit undercooked.
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FDA packaging guidance gets bad 'wrap'

Brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers and OTC companies want more freedom to make packaging changes without major petitioning.
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French brewers say <i>oui</i> to plastic

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).
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track'

Agency offers details of new 120-day approval program usable for most—but not all—food-contact substrate materials.

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