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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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More action on milk labeling

In an effort to promote consistency and clarity in milk labeling, the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish the term "skim" as a synonym for "nonfat" for labeling milk, acidified milk, cultured milk and sweetened condensed milk.
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Snap-hinged closures

Zeller Plastik's (Libertyville, IL) new Zelsnap(TM) dispensing closures are suited for families of products, including honey, mustard, relishes and syrups, in that they help maintain a family look.
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Off-line analyzers

Mocon's (Minneapolis, MN) new Pac Check(TM) Models 600 and 650 combination off-line analyzers measure oxygen and carbon dioxide headspace in rigid and flexible packages.
For each machine, 34 separate temperature controllers
9;one for each cavity and two for the manifold
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Some like it hot

Upstart cap molder Acadiana Plastics Manufacturing outfitted its injection molders with hot runner manifolds and a quick-change mold system for faster cycles, quick changeover and better quality PP caps.
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

The American Frozen Food Institute has moved to a new location at 2000 Corporate Ridge, Ste. 1000, McLean, VA, 22101, phone: 703/821-0770, fax: 703/821-1350.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Laval Food Hoyer Inc. has opened a new converting plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI, (below), for production of tapered and straightwall Tetra Cup ice cream containers.
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Vacuum packaging system

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced the Model VC-14A, a fully automatic vacuum packaging system designed to meet the needs of medium-sized food processing operations.
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Multi-stacker for pouches

The new Model PL Champ Pivot Loader from Dyna-Pak (Kennewick, WA) features continuous, automatic multi-stack packing at rates to 100 packages/min.
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Ice cream cup

Tetra Laval Food Hoyer (Pleasant Prarie, WI) has introduced the Tetra Cup. Targeted for ice cream applications, the polyethylene/ paperboard/polyethylene structure may soon be used for margarine or cultured products, according to the company.
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Recovery drum liners

CDF's (Plymouth, MA) Model RDL85 are 85-gal recovery drum liners that offer double the protection in handling damaged or leaking drums. They can be drop-ped into damaged 55-gal drums to prevent leakages, or the drums can be in-serted into the liner for added protection.
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Labels fly in new package

The packaging for Seattle-based coffee marketer Park Bench's newest endeavor is for the birds. Literally. Using a unique label that replicates John J.
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Canadian/American aseptic PET bottling line has European roots

by Ben Miyares, editorial director, Packaging Strategies
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.

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