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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device packaging issues are addressed before a record crowd at HealthPack 2004.
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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.
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.
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
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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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Traceable Solutions for Medical Packaging (sidebar)

Counterfeiting…A Growing Concern
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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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Bacardi focuses on consumers

Maintaining a consumer focus when developing new products and packaging is critical to the success of Bacardi, said Yousef Zaatar, vice president, product manufacturing development, for Bacardi Bottling Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
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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.

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