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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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Legal primer guides packaging professionals

What kind of fee flexibility can you expect for legal service?
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Campbell tests home delivery program

Last month in Ohio, Campbell Soup Co. began testing its Intelligent Quisine concept. The three-meals-per-day, 10-week program includes more than 40 items-from sirloin beef tips to French toast with sausage to peanut butter bars-that are shipped via UPS to consumers' homes.
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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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Pallet unwrapper

MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Standards of identity

Modern technologies and processes are producing new versions of familiar food products that are tastier, more healthful or more nutritious. But because their composition may change significantly, these foods may not be called by their traditional names under current Standards of Identity (SI).
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier?

Some U.S. companies worry that new IS0 14000 standards are another European effort to stymie imports of U.S.-made products. Will this be a replay of ISO 9000?
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier? (sidebar)

British bottlemaker leads the way
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Dairy health claims

IDFA has asked FDA to reconsider the industry's petition to allow dairy-related health claims on food packaging. Specifically, it wants permission for claims associating adequate calcium intake with reduced hypertension risk.
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Gas cylinder regs take attention from oxygen generators

Oxygen cylinders grabbed attention after the ValuJet crash. Now hazardous materials packed in gas cylinders are generating plenty of attention at federal agencies.
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Made in the USA?...well, maybe

FTC reconsiders its minimum standards for copy claim. The need for multiple packaging lines is a major issue with some packagers.
Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.

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