If empty space in a package is “functional”—i.e., it keeps a product from breaking or discourages theft in the story—it’s allowed under the federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. The FDA administers the regulation for personal-care and food items, while FTC covers other consumer products, says consumerreports.org. But how often is the regulation enforced by either FDA or FTC?
Consumer Reports magazine tackles slack fill
Nonfunctional slack fill has always been a problem in the packaging sector. Consumer Reports brands them with the Black Hole Award.
Dec 15, 2009
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