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Canadian researchers find artificial sweeteners in river

A team of Canadian researchers has detected high concentration levels of artificial sweeteners used in the food and beverage industry in the Grand River, near Ontario, suggesting that wastewater treatment plants are unable to remove them from the water supply system.
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Global petrochemical market to grow by 6.7% through 2018

China is anticipated to retain its position as a world leader though 2018, as demand for petrochemicals will continue to grow faster than in other parts of the world.
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Colombia's Ecopetrol to invest $10.6 billion in 2014

The investment will be used to add more crude oil reserves to the company's portfolio and to fund the drilling of 20 new exploratory wells, most of which will be located onshore.
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Middle East to dominate new natural gas-processing capacity through 2017

The Middle East is set to outpace Europe and Africa in adding new capacity provided that Iran's industry is not stifled by international sanctions.
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Brazil to increase plastics production in 2014

The Brazilian plastics market is expected to become more favorable and profitable to local plastics producers.
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21 Chinese miners killed in explosion

According to the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, the mine was ordered to cease production in June because of numerous safety practice violations recorded there.
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Share of private ownership in desalination projects increases

The Global Desalination Market Trends & Ownership Strategies 2014-2018 report found that the Middle East will continue to play a crucial role in the development of the desalination market.
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EU food safety regulator finds aspartame safe for public health

Critics claim that aspartame is linked to a number of health complications, including cancer, and have been calling for authorities to ban the use of the substance.
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Bulk Bag Filling System

A new Flexicon Bulk Bag Filling System for ultra-heavy-duty applications fills bulk bags with aggregates, abrasive minerals, powdered metals, dry chemical additives, filter press cake and other difficult-to-handle bulk materials.
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New Zealand to adopt improved food safety practices

New Zealand is moving to adopt a tougher approach to food safety, following the high-profile Fonterra dairy contamination case that sparked a public debate on regulation and enforcement issues earlier this year.
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