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Texas Instruments' Bill Allen with the company's box-embedded RFID solution.
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An RFID World of technology

Technology showcased at RFID World ranged from portable RFID readers to sensor-equipped RFID tags the size of credit cards.
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Advice from Packaging Strategies 2006

Highlights from the Packaging Strategies conference ranged from China to RFID.
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Wulftec International Inc: RFID stretch wrapper upgrade

Wulftec® stretch wrapper users can now increase the reliability of signal capture with the company’s wireless RFID. Available on all Wulftec semi-automatic and automatic machines, this wireless reader is attached to the machine’s film-feeding unit, allowing it to read RFID tags continuously as the pallet load rotates during the wrapping process.
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Air-blow applicator

The new 3115/11 RFID Air-Blow applicator from Label-Aire offers features such as velocity compensation for improved label placement accuracy.
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Wulftec International Inc: RFID stretch wrapper upgrade

Wulftec® stretch wrapper users can now increase the reliability of signal capture with the company’s wireless RFID. Available on all Wulftec semi-automatic and automatic machines, this wireless reader is attached to the machine’s film-feeding unit, allowing it to read RFID tags continuously as the pallet load rotates during the wrapping process.
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CF format RFID reader with 300 ft range

Identec Solutions has introduced the I-CARD CF, the world's first RFID reader-writer available in Compact Flash format
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FOX IV Technologies: Variable Height Pallet Labeling

This customer is the largest producer of glass containers in the world. They wanted to print and automatically apply a 4inX 7in label with a patterned adhesive to the top and side of variable depth and variable height pallets.
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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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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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