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Food security key goal at FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is taking “all appropriate measures” to enhance U.S. food safety and security, reported Dr. Mark McClellan, new FDA commissioner.
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Guides for shipping security

Two handbooks on cargo security offer useful tips for companies that want to reduce theft of shipments.
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FDA relaxes health claims rules

FDA announced a new policy on health claims on food labels, holding them to the same standard as dietary supplements. The “qualified” health claims must still be truthful, nonmisleading, and well substantiated by scientific evidence, but scientists need not have reached consensus on their validity.
New technology is putting bar codes on single-unit containers of medicine previously considered too small for standard bar codes
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Drug companies send FDA mixed message on bar codes

Brand-name, OTC and generic drug firms voice varying degrees of qualified acceptance of bar codes on pharmaceutical packages.
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WestPack: Only the name is the same

WestPack moves to a February time frame and is now co-locating with four other shows. Some 3ꯠ exhibitors and 42ꯠ attendees are expected to be on hand.
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Techmark, Inc: Techmark, Inc: Intelligent papers

Appleton Security Products (Appleton, WI) developed a line of intelligent papers with embedded taggants that offer unique identifying characteristics to help prevent couterfeiting, alteration, and piracy of branded products and valuable documents.
Giuseppe Motta of Abbott Laboratories Italia used this cartoon analogy to illustrate the complicated validation process faced by
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What do pharmaceutical packagers want?

Representatives from Abbott Laboratories and Pharmacia seek simplicity in packaging machinery to help cut cost and time associated with the validation process.
Automatic magazine loaders relieve workers of a strenuous job at one major household products manufacturer.
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Ergonomics guides give packaging a lift

New voluntary guidelines from OSHA should give packaging departments added leverage with upper management.
Random-printed foil pouch is affixed between two paper plies that offer space for the Drug Facts information.
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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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Technology takes us forward (sidebar)

The sponsors of Emballage 2002, running November 18-22 at Paris Nord Villepinte, have undertaken an in-depth Pack.Vision study of the latest trends in worldwide packaging.
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Matthews Marking Systems: Marking products

Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) will showcase products including the new R4 Control Unit—a configurable, rack-based ink-jet printing system. Each R4 unit controls up to 16 Drop-on-Demand™ ink-jet print heads including a mix of large- and small-character units.
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Top Oil out to 'end' counterfeiting

San Francisco-based Top Oil Products Co. is waging war against counterfeiting of its premium synthetic motor oils in Indonesia. It’s weapons: top and bottom aluminum closures.
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Free speech on health claims

FDA should permit communication of the healthful benefits of food as long as it is truthful and not misleading, said the American Frozen Food Institute in comments submitted to the agency.
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Tough tools on food safety

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for Meat and Poultry Act, which would boost the enforcement tools available to USDA and the Food and Drug Administration under their food statutes.
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Comments sought for soy claim

FDA is seeking public comment on its record-retention products that make a health claim on food labels linking soy protein with reducing the risk of heart disease.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
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Cambridge University students visit U.S.

Eighteen post-graduate engineering students from Cambridge University, U.K., are on an industrial tour visiting a variety of engineering companies in PA, NY, and MA.

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