The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final rule, effective Oct. 17, 2013, amending regulations governing the standards for the condition of food containers. According to the agency, revising existing tables, removing operating characteristic curves and updating language in the standards will render them applicable to most types of food containers and align them with current industry practices. AMS also noted that since the standards were last amended in May 1983, innovations in packaging technologies have provided an increasingly wide variety of acceptable new food containers, including aseptic packaging, metal cans with easy-open lids, and plastic rings that hold several containers together. See Federal Register, September 17, 2013.