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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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Potassium labeling

Greater public awareness of the health benefits of adequate potassium and the risks of too little potassium in the diet are prompting some food manufacturers to voluntarily include potassium in the nutrition food panel.
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Healthcare packaging pros discuss critical issues

Healthcare packaging experts discuss counterfeiting, packaging and personalized medicine, oil/resin pricing concerns, and material and machinery advances.
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High-volume retailers pile demands on packaging (sidebar)

Data says RFID helps Wal-Mart cut out-of-stocks by 16%
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High-volume retailers pile demands on packaging

Retailers expect a lot from packaging, and few require more than club stores and other high-volume outlets.
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Wireless RFID printer-applicators

Avery Dennison Printer Systems now offers wireless Ethernet capability for its full line of RFID and bar code printers and print-and-apply systems, including the Model 6405 Wireless RFID printer (shown).
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RFID training classes in Michigan

Lowry Computer Products and OTA Training launch vendor neutral training starting early next month in Michigan.
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Wal-Mart, others face RFID difficulty in China

Most Chinese enterprises have little interest in RFID.
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Universal Labeling Systems, Inc: Small-diameter automatic labeler

Universal Labeling Systems has published a brochure describing its R315 small-diameter automatic labeler. Features described include variable-speed components, product feed chute, a choice of 3 label applicators, product carrier, overhead label wrapping station, and photoelectric product sensor.
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Groups support alcohol facts labeling

Public interest groups the National Consumers League and Shape Up America held a news conference demanding that the Bureau of Alcohol Tax and Trade immediately mandate an Alcohol Facts panel on labels of beer, wine, and distilled spirits similar to panels on food and beverage packaging.
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Pondering the puzzle (sidebar)

Radio-frequency identification
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

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