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Anticounterfeiting bill moves forward

A house subcommittee passed “The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” that increases penalties for distributing counterfeit goods. It grants trademark owners remedies already enjoyed by copyright and trade-secret holders.
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Whole grains stamp

The Whole Grains Council launched a new black-and-gold stamp for product packages. Three versions of the stamp are available: a “good source” stamp for foods containing a half serving of whole grains (8 g); an “excellent source” stamp for foods containing a full serving (16 g); and an “excellent source/100%” stamp for foods containing a full serving of whole grains with no refined grains.
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Why so little RFID progress in pharma?

If the use of RFID technology makes sense anywhere in the field of packaging—and I believe it makes a lot of sense in a great many places—the one place where it should be recognized as an obvious problem solver is in drug packaging.
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Retailers support stronger penalties for theft, counterfeiting

A variety of retailer representatives, including members of the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers of America, testified in Congress March 18, pushing for legislation that would make theft and counterfeiting by organized gangs a federal felony.
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PFM's new pharma-configured flow packer

PFM introduces a pharmaceutical flow packing with robotic infeed and vision capabilities
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IBM launches RFID on RPCs

IBM will track and trace assets between France and Ireland using RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers.
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Arla Foods' Quest for "B2M" Integration

Arla Foods, the Danish dairy giant with annual sales of US$7 billion and global production facilities, is integrating high-level business information with its plant-floor information systems. The end result is impressive.
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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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How to maintain brand relevancy with the target audience

Brand identity consultants often position a single product or new product line. When the product is new, brand identity and image must be created from scratch.
RFID tagging at T&A starts on the harvester machine with bins of lettuce.
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T&A takes RFID into the field

Tanimura & Antle’s program for Wal-Mart starts with bins of lettuce that are RFID-tagged in farm fields.
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Machine builders should know their customers' IT experts

Packaging machinery OEMs hoping to differentiate themselves on the strength of their advancements in automation technology had better begin forging relationships with their customers’ IT experts.
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PACKAGING SERVICES EXPO makes its debut

Contract packaging and services is what it's all about come May 10-12 when the inaugural version of Packaging Services Expo 2005 comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
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Bioterror rule on food and packaging records confounds

FDA’s requirements for recordkeeping and tracking of packaging and products appear unclear.
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Packaging Services Expo makes its debut

Contract packaging and services is what it's all about come May 10-12 when the inaugural version of Packaging Services Expo 2005 comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
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COOL labeling adjustments requested

The Food Marketing Institute has asked the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture to make further adjustments to its Interim Final Rule for mandatory country-of-origin labeling of fish and shellfish.
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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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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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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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