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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 surveys consumers on trans fat labeling

FDA wants to conduct an experimental Internet study to see how consumers react to possible footnotes and cueing schemes related to the inclusion of trans fat information in the Nutrition Facts Panel of food packages.
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Red dye may be labeled

FDA has proposed to require food and cosmetic labels to list the presence of cochineal extract and carmine, two widely used red dyes extracted from insects.
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NH bill regulates RFID

The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved legislation amending its Consumer Protection Act to include provisions requiring warning labels on products or identity documents containing tracking devices, including RFID.
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FDA defines "whole grain"

Eat at least three 1-oz servings of whole grain products daily, consumers are told.
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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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Wearable RFID encoding

Development of a portable wireless system for commissioning RFID tags was prompted by a CPG company that wants to supplement Wal-Mart's mandate.
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Time with TI's RFID guy

Tom Shields is RFID program manager with Texas Instruments Educational & Productivity Solutions unit that markets math and science educational technology.
Lantech's RFID-enabled stretch wrapper features integrated antennas and wireless communication.
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Exel uses RFID-enabled stretch wrapper

A first-of-its-kind Lantech stretch wrapper with integrated RFID reader and wireless communication operates at Exel's facility in Harrisburg, PA.
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A first read on RFID World 2006

At the 4th annual RFID World event, held in late February in Grapevine, TX, enthusiasm about RFID’s ongoing potential was tempered with a healthy dose of reality.
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Keys to RFID success

The biggest hurdles in an RFID application seem to be those where the implementing company has the least control.
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The Packaging Summit Conference 2006

Where packaging’s leaders come together™
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Companies partner on RFID equipped pharma packages

Stora Enso and Orion Pharma introduce a series of pharmaceutical packages equipped with RFID tags.
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RFID tags take the heat

Almost all of E&PS’s shipments to Wal-Mart are full loads. However, for its less-than-pallet-load “partial shipments”—orders of 100 or so calculators—E&PS bundles two to three cases together via shrink wrap as a unit load to ship to a DC or direct to a particular store.

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