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FDA weighs in on obesity

The Food and Drug Administration commissioner Mark McClellan formed the Obesity Working Group to investigate what role FDA can play in fighting obesity.
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Pipeline: DTE new marketing stream for drugs?

In past months, I’ve disclosed what I felt was wasteful spending by big pharma companies that inflate the cost of their medications, especially for U.S.
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Appleton Papers, Inc: Security label substrate

Appleton introduces its AssurMark™ Security Label Substrate, a security product for pressure-sensitive label applications. Label stock combines a highly destructible face stock with nonreproducible covert security fibers.
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Companies

Exopack (Spartanburg, SC) acquired the remaining operating assets of Plassein Intl.
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FDA sued over health claims

In mid-October, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued the Food and Drug Administration, claiming the agency broke the law when it lowered its standards for allowing health claims on food labels.
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Health claims Web pages

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is reorganizing its Web pages to combine information in all categories of label health claims for both food and dietary supplements.
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More U.S.-Canada harmonization

GMA president C. Manly Molpus called on the governments of the United States and Canada to work toward greater harmonization of regulatory standards to promote increased trade and trade efficiency.
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Smart Packaging 2004 announced

Smart Packaging 2004 is being launched alongside Labelexpo Americas 2004, taking place next year on the 14-15 of September at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.
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WD-40 tries can shaping to foil counterfeiters

Said to be the first asymmetrically shaped steel cans in the United States, WD-40's new 8- and 11-oz aerosol cans are made by Crown Holdings' Aerosol Packaging affiliate.
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FDA seizes drugs from repackager

On September 15, FDA announced it had seized all drug products labeled in a foreign language or labeled as repacked by Alliance Wholesale Distributors and/or Local Repack, Inc., of Richton Park, IL.
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InkSure Technologies Inc: Authentication solutions

InkSure Technologies has launched a new line of covert authentication solutions that address problems caused by counterfeit packages or unlawful product diversion.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas visitors learned that SIG will use ELAU's new PacDrive™ SCL-055 integral servo motor/drive on its next
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PACK EXPO automation highlights: Flexibility and efficiency top the list

Packaging automation highlights included major product announcements and a powerful case study at the Conference at PACK EXPO.
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Amcor acquires Rexam Healthcare Flexibles

Amcor Flexibles will acquire Rexam Healthcare Flexibles, pending regulatory approvals.
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EU biotech labeling slammed

The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America sharply criticized the European Union’s recently adopted labeling and traceability rules of foods and feeds containing genetically modified ingredients.
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More from San Jose State University

PW continues our Question and Answer session with Herb Schueneman, packaging program director at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
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No special labeling for clones foreseen

FDA would not require labels on products from cloned animals if they are considered as safe as traditional food, according to an FDA regulatory review scientist speaking at a biotech conference in late June.
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More from San Jose State University

PW continues our Question and Answer session with Herb Schueneman, packaging program director at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
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Europe to tighten label health claims

The European Commission is going in the opposite direction from FDA, proposing to require that all health claims on food, drinks, or food supplements be supported by independent experts.

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