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Techmark, Inc: Techmark, Inc: Security board

Rock-Tenn has introduced White Label Security Board Series 2000, featuring Appleton TechMark® taggants. Randomly embedded directly in the paper fiber at the mill, the microscopic ultraviolet taggants provide covert brand protection and easy, instant authentication of goods in transit, even by untrained personnel such as customs inspectors.
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The machine factor in flexible packaging

What flexible package designers should know about packaging machinery.
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Sterilization validation of medical packaging

An overview and tips delivered by Douglas Stockdale, president of Stockdale Associates, Inc., at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, Jan. 10.
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Labeling comments

For nearly a decade, the Food and Drug Administration has been seeking comment on issues related to health claims and nutrient content claims in food labeling prior to issuing final rules.
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Group seeks supplements' standards

Hot on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to ensure truthful label claims for dietary supplements, the Institute of Medicine has expressed its concern about both the safety and efficacy of the products.
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Gaining ROI through anticounterfeiting tactics (sidebar)

Combatting counterfeiting isn’t easy, and it’s not inexpensive. The tangible capital outlays to go to battle may include costs for packaging equipment, equipment integration, and ongoing materials expenses.
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Pfizer: Pharma industry needs machine interoperability

Paul Greene of corporate IT at Pfizer had interoperability and widespread enterprise integration on the brain February 3 when he addressed the ARC Advisory Group’s Performance Driven Manufacturing Forum in Orlando, FL.
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Report ponders plastics pricing issues

Higher feedstock costs and strong export demand drove polyethylene prices up 22¢/lb last year, according to a January 6, 2005 Market Update from The Plastics Exchange.
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FDA collecting its own data

FDA notified the Office of Management and Budget that it intends to conduct an experimental study of health claims on food packages.
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Project Jumpstart: A "bird's" eye view

RFID Antenna exclusive: Cardinal Health shares the ups and downs of the extensive Project Jumpstart pilot test of item- and case-level RFID for pharmaceutical products.
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Schering-Plough hits quality goal with Nutec/Wolke system (sidebar)

Nutec ink specification expertise meets quality, security needs
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Why medical-device packaging fails

If you’re a manufacturer of medical-device packaging equipment looking to build equipment that addresses the failures most commonly experienced by your targeted customer base, here’s a list:
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Supplement labeling reviewed

FDA is going after dietary supplement manufacturers whose labels are misleading, and the agency has set up a new system for identifying such products and collecting “signals” of possible harmful effects.
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Anticounterfeiting: Many happy returns

Combatting counterfeiting isn’t easy, and it’s not inexpensive. The tangible capital outlays to go to battle may include costs for packaging equipment, equipment integration, and ongoing materials expenses.
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Health claim for olive oil

Olive oil joins walnuts and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon and tuna in winning FDA approval of a qualified health claim. Olive oil and certain foods containing olive oil may include the following claim on their packaging:“Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 g) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.
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How to build more saleable machinery

A January 10 visit to Westpack, sponsored by Canon Communications, included a stop at the booth of Omron, a provider of manufacturing automation and control solutions. In a conversation about packaging machinery OEMs and the machine characteristics that add value in today’s manufacturing environment, the Omron brain trust offered these suggestions:
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Walgreens commits to RFID/EPC technology

National drugstore chain Walgreen Co. in November announced that it is participating in programs testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technologies.
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Purdue Pharma uses RFID on OxyContin

In mid-November, Stamford, CT-based Purdue Pharma LP announced a pilot program to apply radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels (right) to 100-ct bottles of its OxyContin tablets shipped to Wal-Mart and wholesaler H. D. Smith, two of its largest customers.

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