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Triangle: VFFS bagger with optional stainless steel doors

The X-Series vertical form fill seal (VFFS) bagging machine from Triangle Package Machinery Company now comes with optional, newly-designed stainless steel guard doors to better meet 3A and USDA sanitation standards.
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Food label needs both simplification and more detailed rules, some say

The food label is the town square of America. It’s a great place to find out what’s on the minds of American consumers.
Feature Article
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The key role of equipment and packaging in food safety

As food companies are constantly looking for ways to control food safety risks, they increasingly recognize the need to ensure that their processes are fully validated and verified on an ongoing basis to be doing what they are supposed to do to control risk. They realize that they must control environmental risk and especially allergen risk.
What does the recently ended government shutdown mean for the healthcare community?
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The healthcare community and the government shutdown

What’s the impact from the just-ended shutdown for makers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices? Give us your opinion.
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Food safety factors driving equipment upgrades

New regulations, the global food supply chain, changing science, consumer expectations, the Internet-enabled speed with which illnesses are reported and other factors all play a role on equipment upgrades.
TRAXSECURE UNALTERED. The TraxSecur™ security feature is printed, without a requirement for any special inks, as a background that looks similar to those seen on security paper, except that it is created as a unique “instance” relating to a single time and place, which inextricably links an individual package to its unique corresponding track-and-trace information; this is Serialized Security™.
Feature Article
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Update on serialization and unique device identification regulatory developments

Key regulatory developments could preempt California e-pedigree and provide clarity for manufacturers and packagers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices.
At the 11th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum, some 80 companies had exhibits to showcase their products and technologies.
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Cold chain event embraces all links in the pharmaceutical supply chain

Cold Chain Global Forum acknowledges that all distribution and logistics stakeholders, from packaging suppliers to patients, must be involved in successful temperature management efforts.
The first new EU guidelines for GDP of medicinal products for human use since 1994 include new information on quality risk management, transportation, and more.
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New EU GDP includes new/enhanced guidelines

The first new EU guidelines for GDP of medicinal products for human use since 1994 include new information on quality risk management, transportation, and more.
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Industry wins a Proposition 65 battle but more ahead

For industry, dealing with California’s Proposition 65 reminds me of the advice Harry Potter got from one of his teachers about how to defend against you-know-who: “Constant vigilance!”
The U.S. House passed a track-and-trace and compounding bill.
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U.S. House passes track-and-trace bill

H.R. 3204 now awaits Senate approval. If passed into law, the new bicameral bill would preempt California e-pedigree and give industry more time to comply.

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