Trends and Issues

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Packagers 'heated' over gas

Senate energy tax incentives would help on natural gas prices, but not immediately. So packagers will have to cope with high prices.
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Omron Electronics LLC: Package inspection brochure

Omron published a new brochure outlining its inspection solutions for the food and beverage industries. Information details the challenges of package inspection (including food safety, regulatory actions, and space savings), as well as solutions (such as faster changeover and smaller machine footprints).
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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers has revealed that it began shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags July 12.
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RFID Provides Supply Chain Management Solutions

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has emerged in response to the increasing demand for accuracy and efficiency in supply chain management. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has dedicated their resources to researching and developing RFID solutions.
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Demographics: A trend toward 'gray'

During Packaging World’s Media Day held in Chicago July 21, editor Patrick Reynolds’ Trends in Packaging presentation included a section highlighting demographic trends.
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Flood of fake packaging

Congress takes up bills aimed at fighting counterfeiters of packaging that is imported and used in the United States.
Connie Williams, MasterBrands
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Packagers focus on graphics

At the May e/5 UV&EB Technology Expo and Conference, P&G, Mars/Masterfoods, and Bacardi were among several consumer packaged goods companies embracing glossy packages with coatings cured via ultraviolet or electron-beam technology.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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Package inspection brochure

Omron published a new brochure outlining its inspection solutions for the food and beverage industries. Information details the challenges of package inspection (including food safety, regulatory actions, and space savings), as well as solutions (such as faster changeover and smaller machine footprints).
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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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GM labeling in Europe takes effect

Tough new labeling and traceability requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods in Europe took effect April 18, 2004. Foods that contain or consist of genetically modified organisms or that are produced from them must be so labeled.
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.
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Walnuts get first qualified health claim

Walnuts are the first beneficiaries of the Food and Drug Administration’s qualified health claim policy, which allows health claims on labels when scientific evidence is promising but not conclusive.
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when' (sidebar)

Pack Expo Adds Package Security Center
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
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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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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.

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