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Chilean mines may be required to use desalinated water

Chilean members of parliament are proposing a bill that would require mining companies to use desalinated water in mining processes, in a bid to reduce fresh water consumption while meeting the industry's growing water needs.
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Canada's meat processing safety system rated as 'adequate'

A USDA audit found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to improve its oversight on meat processing facilities, especially as it relates to humane handling of animals and sanitation.
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ExxonMobil launches new capacity at Singapore chemical plant

U.S. energy company ExxonMobil has announced the opening of its expanded chemical plant in Singapore that will be able to process crude oil, as well as other commodities.
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German petrochemical industry slow to recover from 2012 decline

The latest Germany Petrochemicals Report revealed that the market has been driven by small and medium-sized petrochemical companies that manufacture high-value niche products with relatively stable demand.
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Global crude oil demand to increase in 2014

This rise in consumption is attributed to demand from countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, led by China.
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US, European watchdogs join forces to regulate generic drugs

The European Medicines Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have started a joint program for sharing information on bioequivalence studies required during the process of approval for generic drugs.
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EU plastic packaging recycling rates exceed target

Recycling rates of plastic packaging among the European Union member states are on the rise, with all countries except for Malta exceeding the target of 22.5 percent in 2012.
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Colombia's petrochemical sector sees poor output performance in 2013

Colombian market conditions are expected to improve in 2014, leading to growth in industrial production and better performance of petrochemicals-consuming sectors.
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UK's Food Standards Agency outlines action plan for 2014

As one of the key issues to address, the plan deals with Campylobacter -- the UK's most common cause of food poisoning.
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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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