Trends and Issues

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Japanese companies join forces to produce healthy foods...

Taisho Pharmaceutical has reached an agreement with Yayoi Foods to develop health foods, functional foods, specified health foods as well as foods for patients and the elderly.
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Forget the glass, portable wine comes in juice box...

Three Thieves of California introduces four pack of 250 ml "bullets."
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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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It's time for packaging professionals to do some lobbying

The FCN program’s elimination would result in delays and unpredictability for those seeking approval of new food contact materials, and likely would mean they wouldn’t seek the approval at all.”
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NASPO: Securing the supply chain

NASPO includes members like Bristol Meyers Squibb interested in securing the entire supply chain.
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FDA analyst delivers medical device labeling details

EASTPACK : At a June 6 Medical Design & Manufacturing East conference session, Food and Drug Administration regulatory policy analyst Arthur Yellin offered the following advice on medical device labeling:
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FDA still has no confirmed, permanent commissioner

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates most of the nation's foods and all its drugs, many packagers closely watch the agency.
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Packaging plays a role in combating obesity?

It could, says a recent report to FDA.
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UK-US RFID Rx authentication pilot

Six pharma companies including Merck are involved in a trans-Atlantic pilot to have pharmacists authenticate drugs using RFID.
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Defending Innovative Packaging From 'Flattery by Imitation'

“Copycats aim to neutralize any marketplace advantage promised by innovative packaging.”
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KEYS to package security

Industry experts disclose what it takes to secure packaged products in the supply chain.
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Technology tactics for security

The range of technologies deployed for package security seems like something out of a James Bond movie. We asked print technology expert and consultant Annette Jaffe, Ph.D, to help us sort through some of these technologies.
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Britain's new food labels...

lead to drop in sales.
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New Nestle' wrapper in Switzerland comes under fire...

A month after splashy relaunch, a consumer association revealed the wrapper for 100g of chocolate weighs 50g and is made from the type of PET that cannot be recycled.
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In Finland, paper mill strikes protesting planned layoffs...

cost Stora Enso and UPM millions of Euros.
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Cosmetics going green...

It's now hip, says Virginia Lee, research analyst at Euromonitor International in Chicago.
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U.S. winery repackages to tap into China market...

discovers you must "localize" the brand to go global.

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