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Voluntary COOL legislation

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Minority Member Charles Stenholm (D-TX) introduced legislation to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a voluntary country-of-origin labeling program.
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Ban trans fat?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned FDA to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oil, commonly referred to as trans fat, as a food ingredient.
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GM labeling in Europe takes effect

Tough new labeling and traceability requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods in Europe took effect April 18, 2004. Foods that contain or consist of genetically modified organisms or that are produced from them must be so labeled.
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Labeling framework sought

The Grocery Manufacturers of America and National Food Processors Assn. submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration applauding the agency’s initiative in accommodating qualified health claims on food labels and urging flexibility in both health claims and dietary-guidance statements.
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Label limbo

Uncertainty over country-of-origin labeling regulations leaves food packagers wondering what’s next.
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Looking at labeling issues

Carb labeling, dietary guidelines, and labeling issues dominate this regulatory update from Washington correspondent Cecelia Blalock.
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NFPA on EC's claims on food

Responding to a draft proposal on European Council regulation of nutrition and health claims on food products, the National Food Processors Assn. said it supports a harmonized approach to provide for nutrient content and health claims.
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Labeling changes recommended

In a mid-December 2003 report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Health Canada, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called for redoing the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels.
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COOL update

The fight over mandatory country-of-origin labeling goes on. According to those trying to get Congress to roll back the law and make such labeling voluntary, the producers who originally backed COOL are beginning to realize the costs and liabilities involved.
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EU biotech labeling slammed

The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America sharply criticized the European Union’s recently adopted labeling and traceability rules of foods and feeds containing genetically modified ingredients.
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COO comments

The American Frozen Food Institute, Grocery Manufacturers of America, and the National Food Processors Assn. submitted joint comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture detailing their objections to the proposed country-of-origin labeling guidelines that will be used as a model for mandatory regulations taking effect on September 30, 2004.
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Fee or tax?

Like the budgets of other administrations before it, the Bush 2004 budget contains “user fees” on food processing facilities regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Food security key goal at FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is taking “all appropriate measures” to enhance U.S. food safety and security, reported Dr. Mark McClellan, new FDA commissioner.
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Congress 'irradiates' labeling requirement

Companies can now use ‘pasteurized’ term on labels of food products that have been treated with radiation to kill bacteria.
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Tough tools on food safety

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for Meat and Poultry Act, which would boost the enforcement tools available to USDA and the Food and Drug Administration under their food statutes.
Hawaii Pride's boxes clearly state the product is irradiated, include the radura symbol, plus the SureBeam symbol.
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Irradiation codes light up imported produce

APHIS wants imported, irradiated fruit and vegetables to prominently display irradiation tags on boxes. U.S. companies protest cost.
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FDA wants packaging 'pedigrees'

New bioterrorism law will require packagers to maintain records about sources of packaging materials.
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FDA issues food security guidelines

In January, the Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to food producers, processors, transporters, and retailers outlining food-security measures aimed at reducing the risks of tampering or other terrorist acts.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to consolidate in to a single independent agency the responsibilities for food safety, labeling, and inspection currently scattered among some 12 federal agencies.
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Choline claims approved

FDA will allow a nutrient content claim for choline submitted by Central Soya Co., Inc. Labels of food or dietary supplements may characterize the level of choline as "Good source of choline," "Contains choline," "Provides choline," "Excellent source of choline," "Rich in choline," and "High in choline."
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Harmonizing U.S. and Canada nutrition labels

Health Canada, our northern neighbor’s counterpart to the Food and Drug Administration, has proposed amendments to its regulations governing nutrition labeling, nutrient content claims, and diet-related health claims.
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Food allergens nothing to sneeze at

FDA is looking more closely at food labels and processing/packaging materials to determine whether incidental additives must be declared.
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Mixed views on fresh meat labeling

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is getting mixed responses to its 2001 proposal to allow nutrition information for most fresh meat and poultry to be displayed in posters or brochures at point of purchase (POP) rather than on package labels as it is for other food.
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Industry develops guidelines for allergen labeling

The Food Allergy Issues Alliance, a group of food trade associations and other organizations focused on allergy-related topics, has issued the Food Allergen Labeling Guidelines to help the estimated seven million Americans with food allergies avoid foods that might make them sick.
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Biotech food updates

In comments to FDA, the National Food Processors Assn. reiterated its support of FDA’s proposed guidance for voluntary labeling of biotech foods.
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Allergen labeling

The Food and Drug Administration’s study indicating that dangerous allergens are not being properly listed on food labels stirred up a hornet’s nest. The agency released the “Statement of Policy for Labeling and Preventing Cross-Contact of Common Food Allergens,” and Rep.
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FDA finds label listings lacking

A two-year study by the Food and Drug Administration of some 85 food manufacturers in Minnesota and Wisconsin revealed that dangerous, potentially fatal allergens are not being properly listed on food labels.
Nature's Path Foods is zealous about its organic and GMO-free breakfast cereals. It also developed a brochure about GMOs.
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New organic and 'gmo' label standards

USDA and FDA are imposing order on claims for organic and genetically modified organism (GMO)-free foods that appear on packages and labels.
Gorton's of Gloucester operated with an HACCP program 20 years before it was required, and its packaging has several control poi
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Something fishy about HACCP

FDA and USDA plan to re-examine seafood and meat inspection programs, and to consider possible tightening of regulations.
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Organic labeling finalized

It took 10 years, but in December 2000 the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture published its official definition of “organic” and established rules for both raw and processed foods that bear the USDA Organic seal.
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Proposed new biotech food rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a 120-day premarket notification for biotech foods in which manufacturers would provide the FDA with information demonstrating that the product is as safe as its conventional counterpart.
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All need to find time for training

The two-part training certification and accreditation program announced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) sounds like a strong plan that could pay big dividends to packaging operations in the years ahead (see p.
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Sour sugar reaction

The food industry strongly objects to a petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that FDA require the addition of “added sugars” to the nutrition label.
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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Achievements

International Paper (Purchase, NY) has donated $100ꯠ to the new Paper Industry Intl. Hall of Fame in Appleton, WI.
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Caution on organic seal urged

The GMA and the NFPA warned USDA that its proposed seal of certification for organic foods may mislead consumers into thinking organic foods are better in some way than conventional foods.
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GAO: weaknesses in functional foods regs

The GAO says current laws and regulations provide only limited assurance of the safety of dietary supplements and functional foods.
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Irradiated foods--not in New Jersey!

The food industry may finally have won its long battle to win approval of irradiation as a potent food safety process, but it didn't cut any ice in New Jersey.
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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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More conferences for EastPack

Several groups are planning conference sessions during EastPack in Philadelphia. Some are planned for Monday, the day before the show opens on Tuesday, May 23.
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USDA proposes organic standards

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) issued its long-awaited proposal for national standards on organic foods on March 7. Outlawed for foods bearing the “organic” label are use of genetic engineering, sewage sludge, irradiation and antibiotics in organic livestock production.
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EastPack: first show of the new century

More than 600 exhibitors are expected to attract 15ꯠ packaging buyers to the Philadelphia Convention Center, May 23 to 25. Workshops and conferences are also planned.
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Trans fat labeling proposal

The National Food Processors Assn. wants to extend the comment period for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed trans fat labeling rule by 90 days, to May 15, 2000.
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track' (sidebar)

Label ‘libel’ for biotech foods?
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Denying entry to unsafe food imports

Americans are consuming double the amount of imported foods than just seven years ago. While imports must meet the same food safety requirements as domestically produced foods, concern about the safety of imported foods increased after several outbreaks of foodborne illness were traced to imports in 1999.
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Biotech labeling and public hearing

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, introduced a bill requiring mandatory labeling of all food products developed from or containing ingredients derived from biotechnology.
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Processors urge no labeling of biotech foods

Food industry representatives stressed the safety of biotech foods in testimony at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in early October.
Products such as these may soon be able to claim they help prevent heart disease.
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FDA urged to approve soy health claim

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.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Single food agency

Representatives of both the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) and GMA told a Senate subcommittee that a coordinated approach is preferable to a single food safety agency.
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Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99

To address the nearly 56% of companies using one or more contract packagers, PMMI's third western show, held Oct. 18 to 20, will feature an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion.
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Sugar labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.
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Worldwide Food Expo creates 'big blend'

By combining the Food & Dairy Expo with the Intl. Meat, Poultry and Seafood Expo, the second Worldwide Food Expo promises the year's largest display of packaging equipment and supplies exclusively for food processors.
Ground beef, like this retail package, may soon be treated with irradiation for safety. One major supplier, IBP, may use irradia
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FDA radiates antipathy on irradiation labeling

Agency appears reluctant to let food processors use less-frightening labeling declaration for foods that are irradiated. Consumer opposition to any change is very strong.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced legislation calling for the establishment of a single federal food safety agency.
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Labeling uniformity bill re-introduced

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, has re-introduced the National Uniformity for Food Act to require national uniformity of food safety warnings on labeling, advertising and other forms of public communication.
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Congress hears an earful about country-of-origin labeling

Testifying before a House Agriculture Subcommittee, representatives of food trade associations gave a resounding "no" to country-of-origin labeling legislation that requires disclosure of the origins of specific ingredients as well as the product itself.
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Proposed irradiation labeling draws fire

Too little, too late was the reaction of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) to FDA's advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for irradiation labeling.
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Soy health claims

FDA has proposed allowing a health claim on packages of foods containing soy protein. But at 34 and 31 words respectively, FDA's suggested claims are too long, says the National Food Processors Assn.
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National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC): H.J. Heinz Co.'s William Springer, chairman, board of directors.
General Mills, the manufacturer of Betty Crocker bakery mixes, has already voluntarily adopted a hazard analysis (HACCP) progra
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Clinton serves up food safety

Food companies seem likely to face tighter scrutiny of how packaging is stored and used under proposals. New EPA testing could finger some materials.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
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Irradiation labeling

FDA is taking too long to issue its final changes in labeling requirements for irradiated foods, complained the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) in testimony before the House Commerce Committee in October.
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FDA says Weider's health claims lack muscle

Agency blocks the first effort to use a new expedited approval process for health claims on package labels. Who will try next?
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Beam it down...in size

FDA now says 'irradiation' disclosure on food labels doesn't have to be a 'warning label.' Still, the food industry hopes for more concessions from the Food Safety & Inspection Service.
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Juice warnings, not pasteurization

The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on July 8 requiring warning labels on fresh, unpasteurized juices. The requirement applies to all processors that package untreated juice for off-site consumption, including retailers such as grocery stores that squeeze and bottle juice for home use.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices

Agency specifies explicit warning statement for juices that aren't pasteurized. But NFPA wanted more.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices (sidebar)

FDA unfreezes 'healthy' label
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Country-of-origin labeling won't address food safety, Congress told

In response to a recent rash of foodborne illness, one of the issues being studied by a congressional committee are the merits of additional country-of-origin labeling on imported food products.
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Mexican regs update

A new guidebook purports to help packagers exporting to Mexico comply with that country's food labeling regulations. "Food Products Labeling Guide: Mexican Standards," published by the National Food Processors Assn., contains clarifications of key standards that took effect in 1997.
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Fresh juice warnings

FDA is accepting comments on a proposal that would require juice manufacturers to put warning labels on unpasteurized juices saying the product can contain hazardous bacteria and could be harmful to children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Frozen vegetables like these can now be labeled ?healthy.?
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FDA expands 'healthy' label to frozen and canned produce

Processors of frozen and canned produce are studying how best to take advantage of a new ruling by the Food and Drug Administration allowing frozen and canned fruits and vegetables to be labeled "healthy." Using that term to describe all fresh fruits and vegetables has been allowed since 1994, but no such broad allowance was made at that time for frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.
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Federal funding fears

The National Food Processors Assn. worries that the approval of new and safer anti-microbial sterilants for food packaging and revision of irradiation disclosure labeling requirements could be in funding jeopardy.
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Irradiation labeling

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has asked U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to solicit and review public comments on labeling requirements for irradiated meat and meat products as part of its upcoming rulemaking.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
Fresh steaks are vacuum-packaged in clear films using an ionomer sealant layer, and then boxed for shipping
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Catching the rays

Packagers seek FDA approval of resins for use in overwrapping and trays for irradiated beef and poultry.
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Net weight criticism

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
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Congress tries to wrap up approval process

Companies using new materials would have to submit to the FDA a notification of intent to market, and the agency would have 120 days to rule. But fees are likely to be charged for the first time.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to establish an independent food safety agency. It would consolidate all food safety, inspection and labeling functions now spread among various government agencies.
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McCormick Place becomes food 'store'

The Worldwide Food Expo '97 combines the efforts of U.S. dairy, meat and food processing associations at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attracted also by technical seminars and other meetings, nearly 35ꯠ are expected October 30 to November 2.
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Label caffeine content, groups demand

A consumer advocacy group wants caffeine content to be listed on food labels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based in Washington, D.C., petitioned FDA to require such labeling.
Plano, TX-based Frito-Lay Co. will be among the first to shift to suggested FDA refrigeration statements on the labels of its To
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Refrigeration language guidance steams food companies

Many food packagers resist FDA guidance on more explicit labeling language for refrigerated foods.
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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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Only leaders need apply

In the year 2000, say Packaging World sources, the key ingredient in a director of packaging will be dynamic leadership skills. The candidate had better be a people person, too, and be able to wear a number of interdisciplinary hats.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC): Adele L. Logan, dir, media relations & external affairs.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
Bags for Green Giant frozen vegetables explain how foods high in certain vitamins ?may? reduce risk of cancer. While the foods?
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Food fight!

The FDA wants to make it easier for food packs to carry health and nutrition statements. Meanwhile, industry continues to press for even greater latitude for claims.
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Maine zaps ban on irradiation

Maine has decided to join 48 other states in allowing the sale of irradiated foods. Governor Angus King signed a bill repealing the state ban in late June after the measure won approval by a state House-Senate Committee.
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Steel producers target canned foods

Feeling profitable and optimistic, steel producers work to expand demand in containers by new promotional education campaign aimed at consumers.
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FDA to amend nutrient claims

It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
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Discussions continue with FDA on labeling

Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
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National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, D.C.): Dr. Rhona S. Applebaum, executive vp, scientific and intl. affairs.
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Food Label Rules Changes Unlikely, Despite Industry Pressure

Even though there is pressure from within the food industry for modifications aimed at easing restrictions of health claims on food labels, the Food and Drug Administration doesn't appear to be in a mood to make many changes.