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Spring cleaning is poison season in Israel...

report says parents start to clean with dangerous products just as kids come home for vacation.
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Foreign competitors brand bakery in China...

international bakery companies are winning Chinese bakery market by catering to local preferences, creating lifestyle elements that allow customers to feel good about themselves.
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U.K. food and beverage companies call on packaging suppliers to innovate...

survey respondents plan to introduce new products or expand overseas, but say packaging industry too complacent.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Health claim for barley products

FDA issued an interim final rule allowing a health claim linking whole-grain barley and barley-containing products with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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Advice from Packaging Strategies 2006

Highlights from the Packaging Strategies conference ranged from China to RFID.
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RFID for now and tomorrow

Matt Ream of Zebra Technologies talks about RFID implementation and offers predictions as to where this technology is headed.
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RFID and pharma Q&A

Frost & Sullivan's expert answers questions about RFID for the pharma and healthcare packaging markets.

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