Trends and Issues

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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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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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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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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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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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The machine factor in flexible packaging

What flexible package designers should know about packaging machinery.
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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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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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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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Pfizer: Pharma industry needs machine interoperability

Paul Greene of corporate IT at Pfizer had interoperability and widespread enterprise integration on the brain February 3 when he addressed the ARC Advisory Group’s Performance Driven Manufacturing Forum in Orlando, FL.
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Report ponders plastics pricing issues

Higher feedstock costs and strong export demand drove polyethylene prices up 22¢/lb last year, according to a January 6, 2005 Market Update from The Plastics Exchange.
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FDA collecting its own data

FDA notified the Office of Management and Budget that it intends to conduct an experimental study of health claims on food packages.
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Project Jumpstart: A "bird's" eye view

RFID Antenna exclusive: Cardinal Health shares the ups and downs of the extensive Project Jumpstart pilot test of item- and case-level RFID for pharmaceutical products.
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Schering-Plough hits quality goal with Nutec/Wolke system (sidebar)

Nutec ink specification expertise meets quality, security needs
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Gaining ROI through anticounterfeiting tactics (sidebar)

Combatting counterfeiting isn’t easy, and it’s not inexpensive. The tangible capital outlays to go to battle may include costs for packaging equipment, equipment integration, and ongoing materials expenses.
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Health claim for olive oil

Olive oil joins walnuts and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon and tuna in winning FDA approval of a qualified health claim. Olive oil and certain foods containing olive oil may include the following claim on their packaging:“Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 g) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.
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How to build more saleable machinery

A January 10 visit to Westpack, sponsored by Canon Communications, included a stop at the booth of Omron, a provider of manufacturing automation and control solutions. In a conversation about packaging machinery OEMs and the machine characteristics that add value in today’s manufacturing environment, the Omron brain trust offered these suggestions:
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Walgreens commits to RFID/EPC technology

National drugstore chain Walgreen Co. in November announced that it is participating in programs testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technologies.

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