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Health claim for barley products

FDA issued an interim final rule allowing a health claim linking whole-grain barley and barley-containing products with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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Nestlé adds nutritional label to confections in UK and Ireland

With interest in healthy eating on the rise in Europe, Nestlé is beginning to phase in nutritional labeling on its confectionery products in England and Ireland.
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Medical device automation advice from Baxter

Jose Sadurni, general manager of Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Puerto Rico, and Felix Rivera, president of supplier Engiworks Corp., focus on the benefits of factory automation.
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FDA 'lean' claim

FDA is, ahem, ‘leaning’ toward new lean claim for foods that could be used on packages of frozen snack foods.
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A first read on RFID World 2006

RFID World 2006 speakers including from Purdue Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the FDA provided advice, details on implementations, and previews of things to come.
Plastics can provide a challenge to making inks adhere.
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Five ways to better ink-jet printing

Inks are evolving as substrates, industry regulations, and customer demands change.
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Item-level ePedigree

An item-level serialized RFID solution with “parent-child” association software is rolling out with five pharmaceutical applications including Pfizer’s Viagra.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
RFID for healthcare markets is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $2.3 billion by 2011.
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Unraveling RFID for pharma

Frost & Sullivan's RFID expert assesses RFID in the healthcare and pharma markets.
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Building better bonds between makers and buyers of packaging machinery

People I talked to at Ipack-Ima 2006, held February 14-18 in an architectural wonderland called Fiera Milano on the outskirts of Milan, were cautiously hoping that the show may be a sign that economic recovery is on the way.
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Shocking Expose' in Washington Post...

U.S. hospitals are saving money by reusing medical devices designated for one-time use, ignoring the warnings of manufacturers, which will not vouch for the safety of their reconditioned products.
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Peruvian upstart cola-maker Ajegroup takes on Coke and Pepsi in Mexico...

has grabbed 5 percent of Mexico's soft-drink trade, a market Snapdata International estimates at $6.5 billion, forcing Coke and PepsiCo Inc. to lower prices. A 3.3-liter container of Big Cola brand sells for as little as 86 cents. "Half the population of Mexico is poor," Ajegroup spokesman Alfredo Paredes said. "For us, that was an opportunity."Source: SFGate.com
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Asia starting to catch up to U.S., Europe and Japan...

in food packaging.
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Food Trends 2006...

local paper from Northeastern Pennsylvania explores top 13 food trends for this year, many of which involve packaging. Including: store brands go upscale, global tastes, functional foods, etc. Nice round up! Source: Timesleader.com
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Procter & Gamble sues McLane...

owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, for selling items that copy the packaging for well-known P&G brands, including Bounty, Charmin, and Vicks' NyQuil and DayQuil LiquiCaps brands.
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Champaign in a can...

seems to be a contradiction, but Napa Valley's Niebaum-Coppola vineyard has introduced a new, bubbly, single-serve wine packaged in an aluminum can.

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