Inside the Color Codes of Caps and Closures

Whether in the lab or the grocery store, the color of a plastic cap plays an important role in identifying the contents of a container.Some cap and closure colors, such as those on blood sample tubes, must adhere to industry standards. Others, including dairy and beverage products in the supermarket, generally share a range of common hues. And still others are designed to impart a sense of luxury, purity or passion to the contents of the container.Colored Caps and Closures in the Medical IndustryThe colors on phlebotomy test tubes contain information not only about what’s inside, but also wh


BPA Use in Food Contact Apps

Over the past few years there has been ongoing debate about the use of BPA, a structural component in polycarbonate, and is also found in epoxy resins which act as a protective lining when used in metal can coatings to protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces, and in beverage bottles. According to the FDA, when foods are in direct contact with any packaging material, small, measurable amounts of the packaging materials may migrate into food and can be consumed with it. Heightened public awareness as well as scientific interest in the safe use of BPA has resulted in many stud


Food & Beverage Packaging Trends

The global packaging market is currently an $800 billion/year business, and will hit $1 trillion by 2020. Much of that business is in the food and beverage packaging industry. A study by DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers and Packaging World magazine that surveyed 500 industry professionals working for consumer goods manufacturers and converters, revealed some interesting findings. While sustainability seems to be in the forefront of almost every Brand Owner’s strategy, the study found that sustainability concerns ranked behind cost and food safety and security as driving t


Food-contact surfaces and the EPA/FDA tug of war

When is a pesticide a pesticide? And when is a pesticide NOT a pesticide? When does an antimicrobial additive in plastic products used in food-contact surfaces become a “pesticide chemical?” These are just a few issues that the EPA and the FDA have been trying to sort out for quite some time. Fortunately for the plastics industry, the federal government tackled the issue and sought to clarify the antimicrobial oversight confusion that reared its ugly head with the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) with the Antimicrobial Regulation Technical Corrections Act of 1998 (ARTCA). That

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