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Study Forecasts Increased Demand For Pharmaceutical Packaging

New regulations and standards that address patient drug compliance, drug dispensing errors, counterfeiting, and market diversion are among the key factors that will expand sales growth for containers, closures, blister packs, and RFID labels.
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U.K.-U.S. RFID Rx pilot

RFID analysts IDTechEx (www.idtechex.com), supported by GS1 UK, a provider of the EPCglobal network in the United Kingdom, has published RFID in Action 2006, a special report that covers global RFID implementations.
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Medical label design and production

PRISYM ID Inc.’s Medica software is developed to meet the FDA’s current requirements, in particular, 21 CFR Part 11 rules regarding electronic records and signatures.
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Around The Industry

Sonoco opens innovation center near P&G in Cincinnati Major consumer products manufacturers say they would be served more efficiently if their outsourcing partners located either adjacent to the product manufacturer’s facilities or in transportation hubs.
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Pack Expo To Add Contract-Packaging Pavilion, Brand Protection Center

Many of the more than 50ꯠ attendees expected to attend this year’s Pack Expo International in Chicago will receive added value by visiting the contract packaging pavilion, which will be open throughout the show’s run from Oct.
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Ingraining Whole Grains

FDA draft guidance ignites debate on package claims regarding the use of whole-grain claims.
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On a related note...

Lactose intolerance affects millions of Americans, and sales of no- and low-lactose dairy products are expected to surpass $500 million by the end of 2006.
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Congress sends wake-up call about containers

Starbucks, Dow Chemical are on leading edge of RFID-type seals.
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Counterfeiting--assess the threat, then build a solution

Dave Sayers is marketing development supervisor for 3M Security Systems, a provider of security solutions and services that identify, authenticate, secure, and track materials and information by combining security and productivity. Sayers talks about the damage caused by counterfeiting and offers advice on how to fight back.
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Divining qualified health claims policy by reading the tea leaves

“To make a claim based on a single study that was contradicted by 25 other studies would probably be considered misleading.”
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Consumer groups in Thailand...

are demanding better labeling for genetically modified foods.
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Israel's largest dairy accused of mislabeling...

the Movement for Fair Government has petitioned the Supreme Court claiming Tnuva, the nation's largest dairy, has been allowed to mislead consumers by not specifying that products marked kosher contain derivatives considered by some to be non-kosher.
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India 7UP goes "curvy"... "

A unique, packaging solution with stylish contours, 7UP Curvy is unlike anything we have seen so far in India.
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Rising popularity of high-caffeine drinks in U.S....

could bring problems, according to a recent report in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology.
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Greece rethinks olive oil strategy...

third largest producer of olive oil sells most product bulk to Italian packagers who claim it as their own.
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China taking steps to clean up counterfeits...

China's pharmaceutical watchdog, State Food & Drug Administration, has launched a six-month nationwide campaign to clean up pharmaceutical and medical device makers.
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Qatar closes supermarket branch...

for selling expired food products.
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Chocolate bars aiming for health benefits...

Chocolate bars infused with fish oil coming to a candy aisle near you!

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