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European packagers call for crackdown on anti-competitive laws...

the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment has called on the European Commission for better enforcement of the bloc's laws.
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Barbados' Banks Beer...

now comes in PET bottles as well as traditional glass. Meant to "compliment not compete" with original packaging. Offers a safer way to serve Banks at special events such as cricket matches and reggae on the hill.Source: Barbados Advocate.com
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India mandates bilingual pharmaceutical packaging...

bilingual labeling system for pharmaceutical drugs started April 1st.
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Ukraine's state-of-the-art meat processing and packaging plant...

a result of a joint effort by Myronivsky Hliboproduct and the Netherland-headquartered CFS.
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"Critter craze" selling more wine in U.S....

be it monkey, fish or kangaroo, animals give brands a leg up in the super-competitive wine market, says ACNielsen.
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Viet Nam Packaging Show...

About 200 Vietnamese and foreign businesses will participate in the International Fair of Food and Farm Produce Processing, Packaging and Preserving to be held in Hanoi from May 9-12.
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Bazooka Joe gets a face lift...

The Topps Company bubblegum brand Bazooka will relaunched internationally, beginning with the US market.
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India posed for pharmaceutical growth...

due to global patents on billions of dollars of drugs set to expire in 2007-08.
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Revlon targets women 50 and older...

part of a turnaround effort, the New York cosmetic company has launched Vital Radiance, makeup for older women.
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Highlights from RFID Smart Labels USA 2006

Event organizer IDTechEx filed this report April 10 on the event, which had reports from Tyson Foods and P&G/Gillette and drew more than 500 attendees.
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FTC criticizes health claims

FDA’s qualified health claims that are based on varying levels of scientific certainty are confusing to consumers, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
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Machine builders and buyers talk turkey at Ipack-Ima

A first-of-its-kind forum, held in conjunction with Italy’s packaging show, was aimed at improving relationships between builders and buyers of packaging machinery.
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RFID and pharma Q&A

Research analyst Priyanka Gouthaman of research firm Frost & Sullivan led a Webinar in January entitled Unraveling the Promise of RFID within Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Markets.
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Survey says validation tops packaging issues

Validation issues, FDA regulations, and personnel skills are key concerns for healthcare professionals responding to an exclusive Packworld.com survey.
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FDA sends message of unhappiness on RFID

The agency is wondering what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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Track-and-trace for pharma manufacturers

INTERPHEX : Domino is showing a new system that was created in conjunction with Systech to deliver full track-and-trace capability for pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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FDA 'lean' claim

FDA is, ahem, ‘leaning’ toward new lean claim for foods that could be used on packages of frozen snack foods.
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Nestlé adds nutritional label to confections in UK and Ireland

With interest in healthy eating on the rise in Europe, Nestlé is beginning to phase in nutritional labeling on its confectionery products in England and Ireland.

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