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Equipment such as this horizontal form/fill/seal machine, which is designed to meet USDA meat, poultry, dairy, and 3-A Sanitary Standards, has a head start in FSMA compliance because the underlying best practices are the same under the new FDA law. (Photo: Pro Mach/Ossid)
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How Companies Can Tap Their Machinery Suppliers for FSMA Compliance

Best practices for food companies affected by the FSMA for calling upon their equipment suppliers for support.
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Implementing a food safety plan under FSMA requires continual documentation of ongoing activities, which enhances a company’s preparedness to minimize the impact of a food safety incident.
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Recordkeeping Key to the New Era of Prevention

A primary goal of the FSMA is greater prevention. While this has always been a general goal of food safety practices industry-wide, the new requirements are designed to mandate for all companies what many of the leading companies consider best practices today.
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The certainties of life: Death, taxes...and regulations

Challenges related to new EU labeling regulations for the management and transparency of cosmetic product information can be addressed through a data-centered approach.
3D printing offers exciting possibilities for medical device developments.
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Medical device developments that pack the 'wow' factor

With two considerable medical device packaging events just around the corner, intriguing medical device announcements center on everything from engineered human organs to 3D printing to talking apps.
PMMI's new study, “Trends in Robotics Market Assessment 2014.”
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Dynamic changes in robotic packaging applications

Today, 75% of end users use robotics along their manufacturing lines, and the capabilities for food and pharmaceutical processing are game-changers.
Schreiner-Medipharm's Needle-Trap. It’s a pressure-sensitive label solution for syringes that addresses the problem of sharps. Included here is a photo of (from left to right) three labels still on their release liner, a freshly labeled syringe with its protective needle sheath in place, and a post-injection syringe with its needle safely trapped in plastic with no opportunity whatsoever for harm to healthcare personnel. All that’s left is disposal into the nearest sharps container. According to Schreiner M
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Packaging technology on display at Pharmapack Europe 2014

Aseptic packaging, drug delivery systems, and syringe label that addresses sharps stand out as new venue enjoys successful debut.
Winning in the Pharmapack Awards' Quality of Life category was Nanopass 34, the World’s thinnest pen needle, which was developed by Japan’s Terumo and is notable because it minimizes discomfort or pain caused by injections.
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Responsible innovation and the 2014 Pharmapack Awards

Among the themes that echoed at Pharmapack Europe 2014 was that of responsible innovation.
Liventa Bioscience now produces human collagen membrane sheets for orthopedic uses.
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Dry vapor shippers help Liventa Bioscience deliver cell-based biologics

Strategic alliance with Cryoport for portable cold chain logistics allows longer shelf life for live tissue cells.
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Packaging expectations for 2014

We’re looking ahead to what promises to be a good year for packaging.
GOOD FIT. The QX 830 barcode reader was selected for the project for its ability to meet the speed requirements of the line and its industrial design, which enables it to operate continuously in the dusty bin dumper environment.
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Sweet potato packer implements PTI

Produce packer implements inventory, traceability, and case-labeling solution for Produce Traceability Initiative compliance, while maintaining packaging line speeds of 700 cases/hr.
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FDA wants trans fats out of food, but what else?

When FDA announced its tentative determination last November that partially hydrogenated oils were not generally recognized as safe, they may have announced a new, more aggressive era in the regulation of food ingredient and food contact materials.
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A sneak peak into packaging for regenerative medicine

Rodney Bosley, President of ACell, Inc., describes this exciting medical technology and touches on the significance of packaging for the medical devices.
Tabletop discussions provided a launching point for healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals to discuss issues and trends at the Cool Chain Europe event, held Jan. 27-29, 2014 in Luxembourg.
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Cold Chain Europe: Quality, cost, communication, and compliance

More than 400 pharmaceutical and healthcare cool chain and controlled room temperature logistics professionals come together in Luxembourg to share best practices.
Don't miss this informative training session for professionals who wish to learn more about the benefits of PackML.
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PackML Workshop is not to be missed

Recently added to the already dynamic mix of content at The Automation Conference is a PackML Workshop on May 19, one day ahead of The Automation Conference.
Software scans, verifies bar coding quality
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Software scans, verifies bar coding quality

Cognex DataMan Solutions include barcode scanners including compact and high-speed solutions. These also include software — as shown in this video — to monitor and log results, enabling users to analyze “no reads” in real-time or via image archiving.
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Luxexpo exposition center in Luxembourg hosted Cool Chain Europe 2014.
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Live from Cool Chain Europe: Champagne toast for Cool Chain Excellence Award winners

Awards recognize outstanding contributions in temperature control logistics and Quality Assurance in the pharmaceutical cold-chain industry.
At a well-attended tabletop discussion on day one of the Cool Chain & Controlled Room Temperature Logistics Europe conference in Luxembourg, Laurent Foetisch, Managing Director of Supply Chain Operations SA, shepherded participants through “The ‘Ten Commandments’ for Successful Supply of Temperature-Sensitive Products,” developed by Cold Chain IQ and Kaoutar Sahli Lenstra, Senior Cold Chain and Specialties Analyst for Pfizer and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for this year’s event.
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Live from Cool Chain Europe: The 10 Commandments of temperature-sensitive product supply

Brought down from the mountaintop of experience handling temperature-sensitive products, these 10 commandments summarize best practices in cold-chain logistics.
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IoPP announces new online course

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) has announced the launch of Packaging360 Leadership, a new advanced-level, online course in cooperation with management consultancy Fastraqq Corp.

 

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