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FOOD
January 23, 1986 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an unprecedented number of recalls in the past nine months for packaged foods that contain undeclared amounts of sulfites. Since June, 1985, the agency has ordered 15 different national or regional food items removed from store shelves for failing to list the presence of the potentially dangerous preservative on the label. An estimated 1 million Americans are allergic to sulfites, which are used to maintain a food's color and/or clarity.
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BUSINESS
June 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
McDonald's inadvertently offended thousands of Muslims by printing a Koran scripture on its hamburger bags, then staged a retreat Tuesday after Islamic leaders complained. The stir caused by the world's leading purveyor of fast food began with a World Cup promotion featuring the flags of the 24 nations competing in this summer's soccer championship. One of the flags was that of Saudi Arabia.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1998 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Tri Valley Growers recently peered into its crystal ball, the San Ramon, Calif.-based farm cooperative saw a frustrating market picture. Canned fruit sales were stalled because many younger grocery shoppers favored fresh food and just weren't pushing their carts down the canned food aisle.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1991 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine trying to stack a pile of 128 computer-processor chips so precisely that the thousands of tiny circuits on each of the chips match exactly. Then try to fit the package in a space the size of a sugar cube. That's what a small chip research firm called Irvine Sensors has tried to do for 10 years. It has been a lonely task--and an expensive one, swallowing more than $30 million in research funds at a company with minuscule sales of $3.5 million last year.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gerber is changing the packaging of some of its baby food. Gone are the single-serving glass jars used since the 1940s to package applesauce, bananas and pears. Now those three products will come in cube-shaped plastic containers, Gerber Products Co. officials were to announce today. The new containers will come in four-packs and have plastic lids that snap on and off with a foil seal to prevent tampering.
NEWS
April 21, 1995 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The schlep to the supermarket is often considered just another ho-hum errand: 30 rushed minutes spent cruising the aisles, comparing costs and tossing the goods into the cart before finding the shortest checkout line. But some describe this trip another way, calling it a visually intense sojourn in which the average shopper sees more than 30,000 items and must decide, over and over: to buy or not to buy?
BUSINESS
October 12, 1989 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 7,200 conventioneers who gathered in Anaheim on Wednesday for a packaging industry exposition didn't look like they were under attack. The demonstrations of wrapping, stuffing and labeling machines seemed to proceed unhindered, and the racks of plastic bottles, cardboard cartons and foam insulators stood undisturbed. But any doubts that the industry has an image problem were quickly put to rest by the cover story in the latest issue of Packaging magazine: "Packaging Under Attack."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2000 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A boxed set of CDs called "Brain in a Box" has been arriving at offices throughout the music industry like a whirling UFO in the night, quietly, mysteriously--well, no, actually, it just comes in the mail. But the ambitious, eye-popping packaging for the sci-fi music collection has people reacting like the townsfolk in a 1950s B-movie when the flying saucers show up. Some are mesmerized: "It's beautiful, gorgeous," says Pete Howard, editor of ICE, a CD collector magazine.
NEWS
June 25, 1991 | RHONDA HILLBERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Come July, the "plastics police" could be out in force here, issuing fines to grocers and restaurants selling food and drink in the new contraband: plastic containers. A city ordinance to be enforced starting July 1 will impose some of the strictest packaging regulations in the nation. They will ban ubiquitous plastics such as sandwich "clamshells" and, eventually, plastic cups, deli containers and a whole host of throwaways.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1990 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite its setbacks with McDonald's switch to paper packaging, the polystyrene foam industry sees progress behind the scenes and promising technological help for efforts to change the product's public image. Industry officials hope to do this primarily by persuading the public that polystyrene foam, unlike waxed- or plastic-coated paper, already can be recycled. "Our industry has been behind in recycling, but we're catching up very quickly," says Larry E.
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