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European refineries still facing major challenges

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The future of Europe's refining sector continues to look bleak, as the industry seems unable to adapt to new market conditions and struggles to remain competitive with the United States and emerging markets like the Middle East and China.
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US beef shipments blocked in South Korea

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South Korea has banned the import of certain shipments of U.S. beef, following the discovery of the feed additive known as zilpaterol in meat supplied by the U.S. unit of meat processing company JBS.
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UK poultry processor pleads guilty to selling products with wrong expiration date

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British poultry manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has been fined $176,000 for printing the wrong expiration dates on cooked chicken products manufactured at its facility in Haughley Park, Suffolk.
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Mideast refineries shift focus in production

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Refineries in the Middle East are facing serious challenges to remain competitive, struggling to reduce operating costs and to maximize production among other problems.
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French court to decide if fracking ban is unconstitutional

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The ban on hydraulic fracturing as a method to extract natural gas and oil in France will come under review next month in a French court. Judges will have to decide if the ban is against the constitution, as oil and gas companies have claimed.
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Solvay to open largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia

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Solvay, a Belgian manufacturer of soda ash and bicarbonate, has announced plans to build the largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia. The facility will be located in Thailand and will have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
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Mexico aims to unlock its energy potential

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has once again confirmed his plans for reform in the Mexican energy sector that would ensure industry growth and would attract more international investors on the market.


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Blast at Essex chemical plant causes caustic soda leak

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An explosion at an industrial chemical plant in southeast England on Thursday led to a leak of caustic soda, forcing local people to stay indoors for hours until the situation was deemed safe by the emergency services.
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Hepatitis A from pomegranate seeds sickens 162 people in 10 states

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According to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend has affected 162 people in 10 states.
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FSA: Two in three chickens in Wales infected with Campylobacter

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Welsh authorities have been trying hard to clamp down on the most frequent cause of food poisoning in the UK -- Campylobacter bacteria -- but so far they have seen little success.
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