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Food Fight

Some in Congress want a new agency for food safety as well as new standards for safeguarding the nation’s food supply.
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Eagle Product Inspection, formerly Smiths Detection: Enhanced x-ray inspection

Smiths Detection’s new X-ray technology now includes the SimulTask 4.0 and MDX.
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Cornerstone Automation Systems Inc: Easy-install checkweigher

Cornerstone Automation System offers the CASI-841, a low-cost checkweigher featuring rapid installation and integration.
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CAN-based concepts run food slicing machine

A CAN network links I/O, a checkweigher, and an optical weigher over a distance of 164’.
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Flexible filler doubles pack speeds

Dual-head auger filling system with integrated checkweigher easily adapts to different powder density, humidity, and temperature conditions.
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And just like that, packaging for irradiation is broadened

There may never have been a technology quite like irradiation of foods and packaging. Legal clearances for its use keep expanding, but commercial acceptance of it doesn’t appear to be keeping pace.
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'Natural' claims on RTE food packaging

USDA has a beef with some ready-to-eat deli packages. Companies are being forced to ditch “natural” copy on packaging.
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OTC drugs and dietary supplements get new reporting burden

Under a brand new law, the packagers of over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements will have to report serious adverse events to FDA and keep records of the events. The law is effective beginning with any product labeled on or after December 22, 2007.
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Thompson Scale: Heavy-duty checkweigher

Thompson Scale has released its new 4693-R Heavy-Duty Checkweigher, suitable for production facilities that produce heavy or bulky items and do not have extra space for a separate reject conveyor to remove their off-weight products.
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Accu-Sort Systems, Inc: Handsfree camera/decoder

AccuSort Systems offers the new AccuVision® HandsFree™ CCD camera and decoder that offer a low-cost solution and allow for greater processing rates in applications where packages are now scanned by hand.
ACT'S VL CARGO CONTAINER SEAL (ALL THREE IMAGES) IS SAID TO BE 'IMPOSSIBLE'TO DEFEAT, THE COMPANY CLAIMS. YET IT SELLS FOR $2 TO
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New Congress unwraps key packaging issues

Democratic-controlled House and Senate plan to examine track-and-trace packaging; tackling container security is also a lock.
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Merck, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca pros to speak at PPF

The Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007, sponsored by the publishers of Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging magazines, will be held March 29 at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
HEALTHCARE ISSUES. Validation and FDA-related issues continue to have significant impact on manufacturers.
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Checking up on healthcare packaging

Vital issues include validation, FDA regulations, counterfeiting, and the challenges of shipping pharmaceuticals and biologics through the cold chain.(Part I of II)
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Visual association--through a 2-year-old's eyes

In recent televised interviews, separate groups of progressively younger children were shown logos or icons of some of the country's best-known brands.

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