Traceability, authentication, serialization

Connie Williams, MasterBrands
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Packagers focus on graphics

At the May e/5 UV&EB Technology Expo and Conference, P&G, Mars/Masterfoods, and Bacardi were among several consumer packaged goods companies embracing glossy packages with coatings cured via ultraviolet or electron-beam technology.
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Demographics: A trend toward 'gray'

During Packaging World’s Media Day held in Chicago July 21, editor Patrick Reynolds’ Trends in Packaging presentation included a section highlighting demographic trends.
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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows (sidebear)

Authentication through DNA codes
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Traceable Solutions for Medical Packaging

The demand for safety and integrity in the area of medical packaging has taken on new and significant implications in the past two or three years. Always an area of concern, medical packaging has addressed issues like child safety, correct dosage, patient traceability, tampering and diversion of pharmaceuticals.
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FDA's Counterfeit Drug Task Force is more focused on RX drugs than OTC products
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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows

Prescription drugs come first, but efforts could encompass OTC, too.
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when' (sidebar)

Pack Expo Adds Package Security Center
RFID tags like these are wending their way into packaging. Pallets and cases will get them first, but eventually even primary pa
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when'

The potential to track and trace helps establish a package's 'pedigree' and uncover tampering.
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China: The Yin and the Yang

A number of conversations have kept the subject of China and packaging on my mind. First was a fresh flood of e-mails consisting of Chinese characters that regularly crashed the old Macintosh—the new Macintosh, too.
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How to sharpen packaging's defense against tampering and counterfeiting

Packagers have honed the protection packages offer against tampering and counterfeiting in three decades since the Tylenol crisis.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.

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