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Muslim outrage over cartoons hurts Danish Dairy Arla....

A Muslim Middle East boycott of Danish goods following publication of twelve cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed has hurt many global suppliers.
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Jamaica struggles with counterfeit medicine...

public awareness campaign "Raise the alarm counterfeit medicines can harm" will run in print and electronic media as well as on posters and billboards. Paints an awful picture citing 192,000 deaths in China in 2001 from fake drugs. "Check the packaging" suggests Health Minister.Source: The Jamaica Observer
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Indonesian drug makers get six months...

to include generic names and retail prices on drug packaging or risk sanctions.
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All the tea in China coming from Japan....

Japan's Kirin Beverage Corporation has revamped the contents and packaging for its Namacha green tea drinks sold in China as part of efforts to tap into the growing urban market.
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Swedish "Love Drink" in time for Valentine's Day...

touted as the female viagra, drink was first made popular at a hotel bar in Sweden.
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Italians food processors and packagers...

are hot for food produced in India.
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Storm brews in U.S. over modified atmosphere meat packaging...

growing use of carbon monoxide as a "pigment fixative" is alarming consumer advocates who say it is deceptive and robs consumers of the ability to detect spoiled meat.
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India charts fastest growth in bottled water...

Earth Policy Institute study shows.
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Chesapeake Corporation Begins Construction on Pharmaceutical Packaging Plant in China...

plant near Shanghai will supply paperboard cartons, labels and leaflets to domestic and multinational pharmaceutical customers.
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Battle over use of PVC Clamshells continues...

According to Purchasing.com, "The marketplace wars persist over health risks--real or perceived--from plastic packaging made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins. Microsoft just stopped using PVC clamshell packs to protect new copies of its software products.
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Phillipine Dairy to launch new products/packaging to help consumers afford them...

Magnolia, a subsidiary of San Miguel Group is launching affordable new brands and repackaging its products to help consumers cope with higher costs. Cost of raw materials has squeezed profits, but company pledges to focus on developing products and new packaging to suit consumers' budget and lifestyle. Source: tmcnet.com
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Australia's Brewtopia...

allows people to customise their beer by designing labels and choosing packaging online.

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