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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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SIDEBAR: <b>RFID tags take the heat</b>

Almost all of E&PS's shipments to Wal-Mart are full loads. However, for its less-than-pallet-load "partial shipments," E&PS bundles two to three cases together via shrink wrap.
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When RFID succeeds, then what?

Many might not agree with the premise that RFID will be widely accepted and will profoundly affect retailers and, of course, packagers that supply them with product. But, humor me; let’s look at what it might mean.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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Item-level ePedigree

An item-level serialized RFID solution with “parent-child” association software is rolling out with five pharmaceutical applications including Pfizer’s Viagra.
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FDA may expand "lean" labels

The Food and Drug Administration may expand its nutrient content claim labeling regulation for “lean” to cover food products categorized as “mixed dishes not measurable with a cup” provided they contain less than 8 g of total fat, no more than 3.5 g of saturated fat, and 80 mg of cholesterol.
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Allergen law explained

FDA has published advice for consumers on interpreting the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. The labeling requirements, which will help consumers identify foods containing allergens, took effect for FDA-regulated foods on January 1, 2006.
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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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Privacy and RFID

Are privacy concerns about RFID valid or conspiracy-theory paranoid?
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2006: an exciting milestone and a new outlook for packaging

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pack Expo, being held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We spoke with Chuck Yuska, president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), sponsor and producer of the show, about this special anniversary and what the new year has in store for packaging professionals.
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Uniform food safety information

The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005, a bill that seeks to harmonize existing state and federal laws to create a uniform system for all food safety standards and warning labels, has been introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).
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Trans-fat labeling and Katrina

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are now being blamed for limiting the availability of resin used to make plastic bread bags, prompting the American Bakers Association to request either a six-month extension of the January 1, 2006, trans fat labeling deadline or a six-month “enforcement discretion.” The storms also created obstacles for distribution of imported trans fat substitutes.
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COOL labeling delayed

The FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by Congress in mid-November contained a provision delaying mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat, produce, and peanuts until September 30, 2008.

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