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Critics fire back at uniform labeling law

The Center for Science in the Public Interest accused supporters of the proposed National Uniformity for Food Act of an attack on state food laws.
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Pro Mach acquires Mahaffy & Harder Engineering

Pro Mach has acquired the product line and certain assets of Mahaffy & Harder Engineering Co., a provider of hf/f/s and tray sealing packaging equipment.
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Stronger allergen labeling in EU

Labels of food products produced in the European Union after November 25, 2005, must clearly state the presence of any of 12 listed allergens. The new directive eliminates the “25-percent rule” that exempted ingredients of a compound ingredient from being declared if the compound ingredient made up less than 25% of the final food.
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Smart reader offers embedded software

Intermec Technologies Corp. has embedded IBM's WebSphere RFID Device Infrastructure (WRDI) into its IF5 RFID reader, creating an "intelligent" RFID reader that automates the process of routing and managing incoming data from RFID tags, even from remote locations.
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Yak ice cream?

FDA is considering a petition by the International Ice Cream Association to update the 30-year old Standards of Identity for ice cream. Ice cream manufacturers want more flexibility to use new technologies and ingredients.
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RFID R&D and test facility

Accu-Sort Systems’ RFID Center of Excellence is a combination R&D center and testing facility located in Hatfield, PA, north of Philadelphia.
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Interphex2006 is where the industry meets

Packaging professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical packaging sectors are setting their sights on Interphex, which returns once again to the Jacob K.
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Stretch wrapper with integrated RFID

Lantech's Q-300 Wrap 'n Read stretch wrapper offers fully integrated RFID tag reading.
Smart labels, backed by a Gen 2 RFID inlay, are printed, encoded, and applied to cases and pallets bound for Wal-Mart's RFID-ena
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TI's well-calculated Gen 2 RFID rollout

Texas Instruments' E&PS calculator business unit did its homework before it became the first Wal-Mart supplier to tag cases of product using Gen 2 RFID technology.
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Kimberly-Clark selects Alien Gen 2 readers

The CPG has chosen the multiprotocol Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader as part of its logistics program.
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RFID meeting of the minds roundtable

Experts discuss the perils and the promise of RFID.
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Raflatac and UPM Rafsec merge to form UPM Raflatac

Raflatac and UPM Rafsec, members of UPM Labelstock Business, have merged toform a new business entity, UPM Raflatac.
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NJM Packaging : Print and apply labeler

NJM/CLI introduces the Print and Apply Model 400 with Multi Panel Applicator. New labeler can apply a range of label configurations to cases and cartons, increasing production flexibility and speeding changeover.
RFID for healthcare markets is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $2.3 billion by 2011.
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Unraveling RFID for pharma

Frost & Sullivan's RFID expert assesses RFID in the healthcare and pharma markets.
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B&H Labeling Systems: Roll-fed labeler

The new Marathon XL labeler from B&H Labeling Systems is equipped with SMARTdrive, the first all-electronic drive train, company says. A servomotor-driven feedscrew and container stabilization feature allows the machine to handle containers from 8 oz to 3 L at speeds to 650/min.

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