Coding and traceability at Packology

Indicod-Ecr, the Italian association for the development of coding standards, will be present at Packology with a display featuring the latest innovations. Training sessions for gaining greater depth on the subject are also under consideration. The trade event organised by UCIMA and Rimini Fiera will held in Rimini from the 11th to the 14th of June.
Machines and technological solutions will be on display in a dedicated exhibit area, to demonstrate the many possibilities that can result from the correct use of coding and traceability devices for manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Since 1978, Indicod-Ecr has worked toward the extensive use of barcodes in Italy using the system originally called EAN/UCC and, since 2005, GS1. In Italy, Indicod-Ecr represents both GS1, the international body that coordinates the advancement and correct implementation of the GS1 standard, and ECR Europe, the body that handles the utilisation in Europe of techniques, tools and methods for the strategic/operational interfacing between industry and distribution, and between them and the final consumer.


Data matrix is not enough?

image_thumbThe EU has declared war on counterfeiters, as the number of counterfeit products is rising in Europe – often with health risks for consumers. Compulsory labeling and “track & trace” systems are the solution here, believes the EU. But that’s not enough. The automobile spare parts industry has already recognized this and is pinning its hopes on physical evidence.
The EU is currently focusing on the pharmaceuticals industry. In February 2011, the European Parliament passed a new law to protect EU citizens against counterfeit drugs. 2D matrix codes on packaging should make it possible to retrace every single drug – from the manufacturer via the branched-out distribution network down to pharmacies and ultimately to patients. The Turkish government is planning something similar for the food industry. Yet neither measure is sufficient. After all, a printed matrix code, like other widespread technologies on the market (e.g. holograms), does not provide sufficient protection against counterfeiters.

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Food safety management systems

ISO has launched a new CD that contains the ISO 22000 series of standards developed to help operators in the food chain to implement food safety management systems. The CD includes all ISO 22000 standards, in English and French:

ISO 22000: 2005
Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain
ISO 22000:2005/Cor 1:2006
Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain
ISO/TS 22003:2007
Food safety management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
ISO/TS 22004: 2005
Food safety management systems — Guidance on the application of ISO 22000:2005
ISO 22005:2007
Traceability in the feed and food chain — General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation
ISO/IEC 17021:2006
Conformity assessment — Requirements

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Zetes enhances Visidot ImageID solution

image Zetes (Brussels, Belgium) has enhanced its Visidot ImageID traceability solution integrating IP cameras (Gigabit Ethernet). Based on ImageID technology, Visidot automatically captures large field of view images, detecting and decoding multiple barcodes simultaneously, with 100% accuracy. At the same time, it compares the barcode information to shipping orders and gives operators real-time visual alerts about any discrepancy as well as missing or unreadable labels. Digital images are stored for proof of delivery. Continue reading

Packaging Conference during PACK EXPO

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will present The Packaging Learning Center conference program at PACK EXPO International 2010 (Chicago, October 31–November 3).
The program, which runs November 1–3, includes sessions focusing on a range of topics that are top of mind with packaging professionals, including sustainability and food safety. The sessions, open to all PACK EXPO attendees, will be led bya mix of end users, industry consultants and suppliers.