Trends and Issues

The GPS track-and-trace device measures about six inches.
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GPS track-and-trace demo

UCLA researchers demonstrate a wireless GPS-sensor tracking system that targets the cold chain and other applications.
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From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Counterfeiting drugs: Growing, global problem

The problem of counterfeit drugs is definitely a global issue, says Jim Kouri, a vice president of the National Assn. of Police Chiefs and a security consultant and author.
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Product focus: Tamper-evident RFID tags

Smart&Secure technology fights product counterfeiting, diversion, and tampering in the supply chain at a 10% premium to typical RFID tags.
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RFID value beyond compliance

Former Sara Lee exec Ray Hagedorn shares that company's lessons as he emphasizes looking for value in RFID.
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Probiotic labeling needs tightening

The growing popularity in Europe of dairy and other beverages labeled probiotic have led to calls for tighter regulation of the claim.
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California AG sues over acrylamide

The State’s attorney general filed suit under Proposition 65 against some of the biggest food companies, including McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Frito-Lay, to force them to put warning labels on all French fries and potato chips sold in California because they contain high levels of acrylamide, a known carcinogen.
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Global demand for caps and closures is forecast to expand at an annual pace of 4.8 percent through 2

new study available from Freedonia Group.
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Sex toys coming to Canada...

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The seniors are coming...

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France bans plastic packaging...

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