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Draft US report reaffirms safety of BPA in food packaging

In a draft risk assessment, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for the chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA) at current levels...

Packaging testing tool can aid quality control, claims Mecmesin

Mecmesin said it will be demonstrating how critical it is to test packaging and maintain quality control at the Interplas show in September.

Low cost texture analyser can measure food and packaging, says firm

A new easy-to-operate texture tool is a cost effective way for processors to measure the texture of food products as well as their packaging, says developer Brookfield Engineering.

UK firm meeting growing demand for rPET packaging

Linpac Packaging has invested £3m in new equipment to enable it to manufacture recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) packaging at its UK facility in West Yorkshire.

EFSA issues guide on food grade plastic recycling

New guidelines concerning the recycling of plastics intended for use in the packaging of foods have been published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Nanotechnology-enabled packaging regulation roadmap offered:study

A new study provides a roadmap for consumers, food manufacturers and government through potential US regulatory issues for nanotechnology-enabled food packaging, claims the report's author.

Milk Link invests to target packaging innovations

Milk Link, a UK-based dairy cooperative, has announced it has completed a major investment at its Oswestry cheese-packaging plant, which its claims will become one of the most advanced sites...

Integrated packaging line cuts operating costs, says Tetra Pak

A new integrated, aseptic carton packaging line offers processors reduced costs, as well as increased equipment reliability and capacity, claims manufacturer Tetra Pak.

Tetra Pak invests in Italian packaging materials plant

Tetra Pak is stumping up €26m for an upgrade of its Italian packaging materials plant that will significantly increase its printing and lamination capacity, and boost the quality and speed...

Bericap expands light weight plastic closure range

Bericap's range of light weight closures save their customers money and offer a greener alternative, according to the company.

UK could lead milk eco-packaging potential

The UK is one of the most significant markets for the use of plastic packaging in milk bottles, and could lead the way for environmental innovation in the bloc, a...

Chalk-based dairy packaging enters home market

A new packaging product produced from chalk by Swedish firm Ecolean has been launched in its home market after several successful years in China and Russia.

ITW creates new EU packaging division

US-based Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has established a new division, ITW Packaging, which the company says will focus on providing multipack technologies to the European food markets.

Aseptic film improves safety of bag-in-box packaging

Arena Products is responding to the increasing pressures for manufacturers to ensure food safety by adding aseptic-filling capabilities to its Air-Evac Bag-in-Box packaging.

The packaging that consumers will give up - survey

Almost half of consumers around the world would trade convenience packaging for the environment, according to a new report by The Nielson Company.

Cost and innovation drive US packaging dominance

The US will continue to dominate international packaging machinery sales due to the perceived technological benefits of its products and a favorable exchange rate, a new report has said.

Plastics recycling firm targets food grade packaging

UK-based Alternative Waste Solutions (AWS) is set to become a major producer of recycled plastic for use by British food companies, allowing them to meet demands for cutting down on...

New flow machine designed for zipper packaging

A new flow machine is designed for re-closure zipper packages used for products such as cheese, cold meats, breads and wraps.

Briefs: Ecolab, Graham Packaging and ceremonious cheeses

In the latest briefs, Ecolab steps up its presence in diary hygiene, Graham Packaging targets dairy demand in Turkey, and UK cheese manufacturers get into the Christmas spirit.

PLA plastic nanoengineered for high temperature thermoforming

A compostable plastic made from nanoengineered polylactic acid (PLA) is designed to meet the demands of high-temperature thermoforming packaging.

Intelligent and active packaging to reach $1.1 billion by 2011

Demand for active and intelligent packaging will reach $1.1bn by 2011 in the US, driven by rapid growth in innovation and the need to improve shelf life and safety, according...

Sealed Air in deal for Alcan packaging?

Sealed Air Corp. is close to a deal to buy the packaging arm of Alcan Inc. for between $4bn to $5bn in cash, according to Reuters News Agency.

Amcor launches monolayer plastic packaging for milk

Amcor recently announced the launch of its single layer plastic bottles, meeting demands for quality products that are also good for the environment.

Big names commit to cutting packaging, food waste

Britvic, Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola, and Nestle are among the companies joining Unilever and others in signing a commitment to cut down on packaging and food waste under a UK programme.

Bioactive paper packaging under development

A new bioactive packaging paper under development is designed to detect and kill any pathogens that are present in a food product.

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