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Nutrient-content label claims

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a final rule permitting nutrient-content claims on labels of multi-service “meal-type” and “main-dish” meat and poultry products.
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Single food-safety agency?

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced comprehensive legislation to create a single food-safety agency that would combine the food safety regulatory authority of USDA, FDA, and the seafood program operated by the Department of Commerce.
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Rising machinery shipments show promise

Packaging machinery shipments in the United States reached $4.889 billion last year, an $82 million (or 1.7%) increase from 2002, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 10th Annual Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Conveyor tips to improve sterile packaging line efficiency

Want to reap the benefits of on-time production and eliminate preventable line problems? Here are tips to get the most out of your conveyors.
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Lock Inspection Systems: Metal detector

New from Lock Inspection Systems is the MET 30+ hf, a high-frequency metal detector offering 30% higher sensitivity than standard detectors. Designed primarily for snack food and bakery industries, unit inspects dry foods at 875Khz using a single high-frequency, crystal-controlled oscillator.
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A.P. Dataweigh Systems: Stainless-steel checkweigher

Now available from A.P. Dataweigh is the SR1 Series of stainless-steel checkweighers. Designed with complete open architecture for local serviceability and spare part purchases, machines run at speeds to 200 products/min. Features new In-Motion roller design and 1” rollers, various belt styles, 60-second calibration, and software-based controls. Said to repeats at ± 1g accuracy, or ± 2g for simpler applications.
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Loma Systems: X-ray inspection for small-profile products

Loma Systems has released a new entry-level X-ray inspection unit suited for smaller products measuring a maximum of 8”Wx3”H. Packagers can enter the market at 50% price of traditional X-ray units.
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Succeeding in global markets

Rockwell Automation’s Manufacturing Perspectives 2004, held October 26 in Orlando, FL, included a breakout panel discussion titled “Managed Locally—Manufactured Globally.”
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PACK EXPO Video: Protag neck tag applicator

PACK EXPO : RayPress showed its Protag neck tag applicator at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 in Chicago this week. See video clip of this machine
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PACK EXPO Video: Accu-Count high accuracy counter

PACK EXPO : Automated Packaging Systems offers its Accu-Count high accuracy counters at its booth, S-2206, at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
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Cintex Sentry VF variable frequency metal detector

PACK EXPO : Loma Systems is showing its Cintex brand Sentry VF variable frequency metal detector at its booth, S-334, at Pack Expo International 2004.
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PACK EXPO Video: IMFS 1500 intermittent motion filler/sealer

PACK EXPO : Robert's Packaging is showing its IMFS 1500 intermittent motion fill/seal packager at its booth, S-444, at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
RoboBar in action.
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PACK EXPO Video: RoboBar robotic bartender

PACK EXPO : Motoman is introducing its RoboBar robotic bartender to acclaim of happy customers at its booth, S-1495, at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
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PACK EXPO Video: ER60 high-speed case packing robot

PACK EXPO : Cermex is showing its ER60 high-speed case packing robot at its Pack Expo 2004 booth, S-2448. See video clip of this machine
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PACK EXPO Video: Accutower dynamic buffer system

PACK EXPO : Krones is introducing the Accutower dynamic buffering system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-2466. See video clip of this machine

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