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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers is shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags as part of a test nicknamed “Project Jumpstart.”
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Diamond Award Winners--best of the best (sidebar)

Folger’s AromaSeal Shaped Plastic Coffee Canister(see: packworld.com/go/c108)The Procter & Gamble Co./Product Ventures, Ltd.
One form of packaging security being used more frequently is the use of color shifting inks that show as different colors depend
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Package security demands linking of strategy, technology

Tactics such as DNA taggants and color-shifting inks have to be married with strategies that include tight supply-chain security.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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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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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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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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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.
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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Flood of fake packaging

Congress takes up bills aimed at fighting counterfeiters of packaging that is imported and used in the United States.
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when' (sidebar)

Pack Expo Adds Package Security Center
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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows (sidebear)

Authentication through DNA codes
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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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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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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.
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Traceable Solutions for Medical Packaging (sidebar)

Counterfeiting…A Growing Concern
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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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