Trends and Issues

Equipment cost justification was discussed by Ivan Heit.
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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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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows (sidebear)

Authentication through DNA codes
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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Labeling updates

Reports on OTC drug labeling, Codex meeting, fighting obesity with labels, and the Senate's passing of an allergen bill.
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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 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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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