Trends and Issues

Ralf Saykiewicz, vice president/solution architect, Technology Solutions Co.
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Adding value to both RFID and packaging

Why not concentrate on more sophisticated and advanced applications of RFID that bring added value?
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Biological inks prevent counterfeit

Applied DNA Sciences uses plant or botanical DNA technology and embeds it into inks, threads, labels, papers, textiles, liquids, microchips, even holograms, to guard against counterfeiting and fraud.
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Rx distributor turns to internal RFID (sidebar)

What skills will you need to succeed in healthcare packaging?
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Cracking down on counterfeit packaging

Legislation expands criminal law to specify counterfeit packaging and labels for the first time.
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Smart Packaging: The sounds of print

Datasound has devised a way of saving sounds, speech, music, or other digital data on paper for later retrieval.
John Mazelin, past president
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Looking for a contract packager?

"Our mission is to help member companies establish productive links with buyers and to provide members with educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations."
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Ampacet Corporation : Molecular tracers for packaging

Ampacet offers its AmpaTrace™ molecular tracers that add distinct signatures to the company’s masterbatches. Tracers allow flexible and rigid plastic packaging to be evaluated at any point in the supply chain to help resolve security, counterfeiting, quality, liability, and other issues.
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Green tea deflated

FDA has concluded that drinking green tea is unlikely to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as some studies had indicated. FDA considered the studies to be weak.
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Creo Security, Authentication and ID Sys: Creo Security, Authentication and ID Sys: Security label stocks

Creo and Acucote have announced an agreement to produce security label printing stocks. The self-adhesive label stocks will combine Creo Traceless™ taggants into Acucote label materials, which will be sold to label converters for the manufacture of product labels for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, apparel, food and beverage, and other industries.
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New Jersey Packaging: Labels with RFID tags

New Jersey Packaging now offers a full range of preprinted and die-cut p-s cGMP-compliant labels incorporating RFID tags.
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Battle over use of PVC Clamshells continues...

According to Purchasing.com, "The marketplace wars persist over health risks--real or perceived--from plastic packaging made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins. Microsoft just stopped using PVC clamshell packs to protect new copies of its software products.
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Phillipine Dairy to launch new products/packaging to help consumers afford them...

Magnolia, a subsidiary of San Miguel Group is launching affordable new brands and repackaging its products to help consumers cope with higher costs. Cost of raw materials has squeezed profits, but company pledges to focus on developing products and new packaging to suit consumers' budget and lifestyle. Source: tmcnet.com
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Australia's Brewtopia...

allows people to customise their beer by designing labels and choosing packaging online.
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New FDA labeling law...

difficult and costly.
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Procter & Gamble and McLane Company, Inc. have announced that they have reached a settlement...

in a lawsuit that had been filed by P & G alleging infringement on four of its brands.
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New Zealand recycler refuses to take Tetra Pak...

milk cartons saying it is not economically feasible to process the milk bottle alternative.

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