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Making calcium health claims?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a health claim on dairy products stating that adequate calcium intake may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
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Don't go changing, FTC urged

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviews its environmental marketing guidelines for effectiveness, at least one trade group urged the regulatory agency to keep things the way they are.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Mead disputes desire for EPA guidelines

In the wake of our report on the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled-content standards for government-purchased boxes (see PW, August '95, p.
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Hewlett-Packard wins injunctions against counterfeiters

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA, announced Sept. 11 that its law suits against two distributors and sellers of counterfeit HP LaserJet printer toner cartridges have resulted in permanent injunctions prohibiting these companies from selling refilled toner cartridges as new HP products.
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P&G calls consumer attention to counterfeits

With more than 300 product brands, Procter & Gamble has had to take legal action over a dozen times in the past couple of years against those who would sell product in similar packaging, hoping to cash in on P&G's wealth of brand equity.
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FDA getting touger on iron
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Budget battle may clip EPA's wings

Regulatory reformers are using the budget process to curb the powers of federal regulatory agencies, often by denying funding for specific programs. Uncertainty reigns at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it waits to see how Congress handles its appropriations.
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Regulatory reform still contentious

After several months of relative inactivity during the summer break, the struggle to get a regulatory reform bill through the Senate continues, although it's likely to take a back seat to appropriations and welfare reform.
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BST labeling law survives

Container size is not the only issue over which dairies must grapple between state and federal regulations. In the ongoing BST label law battle in Vermont, both a federal judge and the Court of Appeals rejected an industry motion for an injunction, pending appeal of the law.
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.
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Roller coaster ride for recycled plastics, paper markets

As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
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FPA seeks sensible EPA emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pledge to work more closely with the industries it regulates will be put to the test by a request from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) to revise its proposed regulations on emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
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Regulatory reform bill hung up in Senate

Regulatory reform may be a popular cause on Capitol Hill, accepted (in principle at least) by both parties. But passing specific legislation is another matter.
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Nutrition labels for beer?

The camel's nose got under the tent when the Supreme Court overturned the federal law banning alcohol content on beer labels. Now, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, has petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to allow companies to make health claims on alcoholic beverage labels.
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Delaney Clause in crosshairs

The Delaney Clause is unlikely to survive the current assault from GOP lawmakers, which is coming from several directions. H.R. 1627, the "Food Quality Protection Act of 1995," whose provisions include replacement of Delaney with a negligible risk standard, has strong bipartisan support from ranking Republican and Democratic members of key committees including Agriculture and Department Operations and Nutrition.
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Sunset bill gets boost

Proponents of regulatory sunset legislation are offering a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as evidence that the requirements of reviewing all major federal regulations at least every seven years won't be prohibitively expensive.

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