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Stronger brands and packages for Malaysia...

with the opening of a new design center.
John Mazelin, past president
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Looking for a contract packager?

"Our mission is to help member companies establish productive links with buyers and to provide members with educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations."
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Green tea deflated

FDA has concluded that drinking green tea is unlikely to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as some studies had indicated. FDA considered the studies to be weak.
Ralf Saykiewicz, vice president/solution architect, Technology Solutions Co.
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Adding value to both RFID and packaging

Why not concentrate on more sophisticated and advanced applications of RFID that bring added value?
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Biological inks prevent counterfeit

Applied DNA Sciences uses plant or botanical DNA technology and embeds it into inks, threads, labels, papers, textiles, liquids, microchips, even holograms, to guard against counterfeiting and fraud.
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Rx distributor turns to internal RFID (sidebar)

What skills will you need to succeed in healthcare packaging?
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Cracking down on counterfeit packaging

Legislation expands criminal law to specify counterfeit packaging and labels for the first time.
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Smart Packaging: The sounds of print

Datasound has devised a way of saving sounds, speech, music, or other digital data on paper for later retrieval.
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Ampacet Corporation : Molecular tracers for packaging

Ampacet offers its AmpaTrace™ molecular tracers that add distinct signatures to the company’s masterbatches. Tracers allow flexible and rigid plastic packaging to be evaluated at any point in the supply chain to help resolve security, counterfeiting, quality, liability, and other issues.
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Creo Security, Authentication and ID Sys: Creo Security, Authentication and ID Sys: Security label stocks

Creo and Acucote have announced an agreement to produce security label printing stocks. The self-adhesive label stocks will combine Creo Traceless™ taggants into Acucote label materials, which will be sold to label converters for the manufacture of product labels for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, apparel, food and beverage, and other industries.
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New Jersey Packaging: Labels with RFID tags

New Jersey Packaging now offers a full range of preprinted and die-cut p-s cGMP-compliant labels incorporating RFID tags.
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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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