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Labeling framework sought

The Grocery Manufacturers of America and National Food Processors Assn. submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration applauding the agency’s initiative in accommodating qualified health claims on food labels and urging flexibility in both health claims and dietary-guidance statements.
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Label limbo

Uncertainty over country-of-origin labeling regulations leaves food packagers wondering what’s next.
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Labeling updates

Reports on OTC drug labeling, Codex meeting, fighting obesity with labels, and the Senate's passing of an allergen bill.
The star of IWKA PacSystem's June 16-17 open house, IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of prima
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IWK launches blister machines

At its June 16-17 open house, IWK PacSystems will demonstrate the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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PMMI's Yuska talks at Total

Chuck Yuska, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, addressed assembled journalists recently at the Total Processing and Packaging Show in Birmingham, England.
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Preventing counterfeit drugs

The Food and Drug Administration’s Counterfeit Drug Task Force released a report describing a framework designed to prevent counterfeit drugs for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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UPS weighs in on IT and the global economy

In print and on-line, Packaging World has often covered the growing importance of information technology in the manufacturing sector, especially as it relates to packaging machinery manufacturing.
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Looking at labeling issues

Carb labeling, dietary guidelines, and labeling issues dominate this regulatory update from Washington correspondent Cecelia Blalock.
Automated labeling machinery is becoming the platform of choice for many value-added packaging processes, ranging from inspectio
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Will labelers become assembly machines?

At a recent seminar, Weiler Labeling outlined the evolution and future of pressure sensitive labeling, in pharmaceutical applications specifically.
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PMMI issues call for presentations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute issued an April 9, 2004, deadline for presentations at the Conference at Pack Expo, held in conjunction with Pack Expo International, November 7-11, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device manufacturers continually strive for zero recalls caused by packaging problems. An on-site report on this and other issues from HealthPack 2004.
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Confusing meat label claims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Agricultural Marketing Service are working on labeling rules to clear up some of the confusion about label claims on meat products.
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NFPA on EC's claims on food

Responding to a draft proposal on European Council regulation of nutrition and health claims on food products, the National Food Processors Assn. said it supports a harmonized approach to provide for nutrient content and health claims.
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OYSTAR USA Pharmaceutical Packaging Division: Continuous blister packing

IWKA PacSystems offers its new BP Series of BlisterPack machines, designed to provide convenient operation and regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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RFID and patient compliance

There are several major issues facing the pharmaceutical industry besides noncompliance.
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Packaging excellence

"Striving for Packaging Excellence," an in-depth look at what’s coming down the pike in the packaging technology arena is produced by ARC Advisory Group.
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Labeling changes recommended

In a mid-December 2003 report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Health Canada, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called for redoing the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels.
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Health claims labeling

FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rule making on how it will regulate qualified health claims. FDA solicited comments on three options. One would codify the current interim procedures and the ranking system based on the amount of scientific evidence.

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