Expert Focus: As Japan notifies the WTO, the sun rises on a new Positive List for plastic food packaging

Mark Thompson, a partner at law firm Keller and Heckman, examines Japan’s plans for the new Positive List system for food-contact plastics. On 9 August, the government of Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its proposal for a new Positive List (PL) system for food-contact plastics. The Japanese authorities will accept nominations until 8 October for new and expanded clearances of polymers, monomers and additives used in “synthetic resins”. This gives industry one last chance to seek formal clearances before the mandatory PL system is finalised. Japan has long maintained a unique regulatory scheme for food packaging materials, leveraging both government requirements and industry standards. This scheme will continue after the new PL system for food-contact plastics takes effect in June 2020, with positive lists for other materials to come.  The Japanese regulatory framework for food packaging materials combines government regulations based on the Food Sanitation Law of 1947, and industry standards that trade associations have established. The Japanese Food Sanitation Law sets out a general safety standard requiring that food, food packaging and o...

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. This acronym refers to small electronic devices that consist of a

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. This acronym refers to small electronic devices that consist of a small chip and an antenna. Just as the barcode or a magnetic strip provides a unique identification to an object, RFID device retrieves information by scanning through the RFID label/tag. RFID serves the same purpose as the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or bar codes on merchandise. RFID works better than barcodes as they need not be positioned precisely relative to the scanner. In fact, RFID Device can work effectively within a few feet of the scanner, precisely, 20 feet. Though RFID technology has been around for the last 50 years, it is only recently that RFID tags are gaining momentum. RFID Tags/Labels are also called RF tags and use a non-contact automatic identification technology. All RFID Tags/Labels have a unique electronic code, which is attached to the object to identify the target object. They are commonly known as RFID tags or smart labels. More RFID tag manufacturer is the best professional manufacturer. We are your most reliable and affordable RFID Tags/Labels supplier. These RFID tags/labels can be either passive RFID tags, semi-passive (...

PRINTING United: tech overview of ‘the biggest show of the year’

The countdown is on for PRINTING United – the biggest show in the printing industry this year according to organisers SGIA and NAPCO Media – as word spreads about the newest equipment, software and substrates that will be shown in Dallas this month (October 23-25). Exhibitors representing all industry segments will be showing live demonstrations of latest solutions for apparel, graphics/wide-format and functional printing applications, as well as commercial, packaging, in-plant printing technology, and more. “Our comprehensive PRINTING United program has something for every market segment,” said Ford Bowers, president & CEO, SGIA. “But it’s not only the equipment, substrates and technologies on the show floor that are exciting; the solutions being shown here can and will equip printers with clear-cut ways for them to differentiate, and expand, their businesses.” Napco’s Printing Impressions has put together an overview of what attendees can expect to see at the inaugural event (formerly the SGIA Expo) in Dallas.   EFI: Pro 30f flatbed printer, with 120×79”-bed, is the first EFI printer to give users ability to print on media up to 4” thick. Summa America: L3...

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 vs Mini 8: Which should you buy?

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a practical and affordable instant camera that allows you to express yourself through a variety of colors and fast-printing photography. The downside? The film is pretty pricey, and the camera isn’t very sturdy. While a lot of people think that the older version of a product may be more cost-efficient, that’s not the case with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. Plus, it doesn’t have all the features of the newer model. The Instax Mini 9 is newly designed, has more features, and is more cost-efficient than its older counterpart. The Instax Mini 9 has many features that the Instax Mini 8 doesn’t, like the selfie mirror and macro lens for a variety of different shots that you couldn’t get with older models. Many think that buying an older version of something might save you some cash in the long run. It’s the opposite with the Mini 9 and Mini 8: the Mini 9 often goes on sale for well under what it’s worth, while the dated Mini 8 stays at its original price even though it’s been discontinued by the manufacturer. While both cameras can shoot, print, and develop film instantaneously, it’s clear that the newe...

NSW election 2019: Red tape sees bar ‘banned’ from having a mirror ball

Sydney is becoming known across Australia for having ridiculous rules. But this latest regulation is taking it to an absurd level. Sydney’s reputation as a Nanny State is increasing. As the election approaches, will is cause the government to lose? A Sydney pub says it doesn’t risk putting up a mirror ball in its main bar as it could see the venue shut down.Source:Supplied A Sydney bar says the state’s liquor licensing red tape is so nonsensical that hanging a mirror ball has put it at risk of being saddled with extra restrictions. But Goros, a Japanese themed “izakaya” in inner city Surry Hills, has hung one up anyway in defiance at what its owner calls Sydney’s “crazy” liquor laws. “Effectively we’ve had our mirror ball banned,” said Justine Baker, the chief executive of Solotel, the pub company that owns Goros. The state’s liquor authority has insisted a mirror ball isn’t a specific exemption in its liquor licence. But Ms Baker has said being classed as a nightclub could see restrictions such as having to serve drinks in plastic glasses put in place. She told news.com.au it was just another example of the ridiculous rules surrounding entertainment in Sydney. The r...

In-Depth: The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, A New Stainless Steel Watch On Bracelet (Live Pics, Full Specs, Pricing And Availability)

The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus is a first on several counts for Lange & Söhne. It is of course, the very first stainless steel, series-produced watch the company has ever made – there were 20 steel Lange 1 watches produced, as well as a single steel Homage To Walter Lange timepiece, and a single steel Double Split, but the company has steadfastly stuck to making watches in precious metals since its launch in 1994. It is also the first steel Lange timepiece with an integrated bracelet. It will be limited in production as are all Lange watches, but it will not be a limited edition; the watch also features a new movement, with a first-for-Lange big day-of-the-week and big-date display.  Lange enthusiasts have been asking for some time, and increasingly in recent years, for such a watch from A. Lange & Söhne, and to understand why it’s such a major event for both the Lange faithful and the company itself, let’s take a quick look back at the post-war history of the company, and how it got to where it is today. In 1994, A. Lange & Söhne launched its first wristwatches of the post-World War II, post-German Reunification era, and they immediately excited enorm...

Microsoft Surface October 2019 event: the six big Surface reveals as they happened

The Microsoft October 2019 event has finished, and as expected, Microsoft showed us its latest and greatest Surface hardware, including the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, the Surface Pro X and the dual-screen Surface Neo tablet.  We also got a glimpse of its surprise return to the smartphone market in the form of the foldable, dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo. In total, Microsoft launched six new devices, with a flurry of a dual-screen tablet, dual-screen phone and the Surface Buds wireless headphones in a triple “one more thing”, Apple-esque final surprise. Read our live blog below for a recap of what Microsoft showed, while we hunt down those devices and give you our hands-on impressions. 11:30 – And now Satya Nadella is back to wrap up what we saw. New form factors, new app model, “spans experiences across devices,” he says. “We have a Surface device for anyone.” And that’s it!  Quite a lot of new devices, and only one real surprise. We’ll now try and get our hands on as many of those new devices as we can. 11:29 – Panay is talking about how he’s showing this device to us early – this will come “...

Creative St. Clair Shores homeowner transforms her space

The design devotee describes her style as “vintage chic with a little bit of Boho glam,” adding that she loves nothing more than the thrill of the hunt, scouring for one-of-a-kind pieces. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. It wasn’t exactly her dream house. And it definitely needed work, Holly Moyer says of the unassuming 1955 St. Clair Shores ranch she and her husband, Michael, bought in 2012. “It had been a bachelor pad for many years and hadn’t been updated since it was built,” she remembers. “Almost everything needed to be replaced and the kitchen cabinets were falling apart.” But the price was right and there was room for the Moyers’ blended family of six, which includes two 17-year-old teenagers, a 12-year-old, a 6-year-old, two rescue cats, Emma and Gazpacho, and a rescue Boston Terrier/Boxer puppy named Lilah.  “I was very pregnant at the time and nesting,” Holly explains of the family’s unexpected purchase. “But it was odd to find a ranch that had four bedrooms and two baths so we jumped.” Once the approximately 1,500-square-foot house was theirs, Holly moved quickly to put...

The Most Adorable Kids’ Rocking Chairs to Complete Your Child’s Room

Oftentimes when you think about furnishing a nursery, child’s bedroom or playroom, you think in terms of the bigger, bulkier purchases: cribs, toddler beds, dressers, book cases and toy storage. But take a look around your little one’s space and ask yourself this: Do they have anywhere to sit (you know, other than the floor)? If the answer is no, you might want to consider scoping out the best rocking chairs on Amazon because there are a lot of swoon-worthy options.  Kid-sized rocking chairs are the perfect accent seat for nurseries, playrooms and even the corner of your family room. It’s a designated spot for your little one to perch that’s all their own and they’ll love the rocking motion, not even realizing the movement is keeping them emotionally calm. Plus, brands such as Wildkin and Fantasy Fields decorate their chairs with whimsical and vibrant details to spark your child’s imagination so that it’s more than just a place to sit — it’s a place to play. Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive ...

You need a few things to survive a long day of travel, like a Hydro Flask

You need a few things to survive a long day of travel, like a Hydro Flask water bottle, Samsonite luggage, Huzi neck pillow, and Kindle Paperwhite. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. — Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today’s newsroom and any business incentives. There’s nothing better than the feeling of waking up at 4 a.m. to head to the airport when you’re so excited for vacation that you don’t even care it’s so early. However, that feeling of excitement can quickly wear off after a few hours. Whether by plane, train, car, or boat, you might experience delays, body discomfort, hunger… the list goes on. To keep all that to a minimum, we’ve curated this list of travel products to make your long days of travel a little bit easier. They’ll have you wondering how you ever survived a day of leg cramps and dehydration without them. Block out your noisy neighbors with the best headphones ...

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on the box. But during a recent trip to the hardware store the longest advertised lifetime I found was 25,000 hours. Others claimed only 7,500 or 15,000 hours. And yes, these are brand-name bulbs from Cree and GE. So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb? I put these questions to the test. Join me after the break for some background on the light bulb cartel from the days of incandescent bulbs (not a joke, a cartel controlled the life of your bulbs), and for the destruction of some modern LED bulbs to see why the lifetimes are clocking in a lot lower than the original wave of LED replacements. Any discussion of light bulb lifetime would be incomplete without mention of the Phoebus cartel, an international organization formed in 1924 by the world’s leading light bulb manufacturers to manipulate the bulb market. As discussed by Markus Krajewski in “The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy”, the cartel assigned ...

This is a summary of Metso’s January 1 – September 30, 2019 Interim Review. The complete

This is a summary of Metso’s January 1 – September 30, 2019 Interim Review. The complete report is attached to this release and is also available at www.metso.com/latestreports.       •  Market activity in both segments, Minerals and Flow Control, is expected to remain at the current level in both the equipment and services business. Metso’s market outlook describes the expected sequential development of market activity during the following six-month period using three categories: improve, remain at the current level, or decline. Our performance during the third quarter was solid and we continued to deliver good improvement from the previous quarters. Activity in our end markets remained healthy and is visible in the strong order intake for services. Aggregates equipment orders were up slightly despite seasonally low quarter in the Northern Hemisphere and the Indian market remained softer than a year ago. Mining customers’ decision-making was slowed down by cautiousness with regards to global uncertainties. Sales growth continued at a double-digit rate in both segments and drove operational leverage, resulting in a clear improvement in profitability. During the quarter we made p...

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