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Solvay to open largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia

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

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

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

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

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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Chinese anti-trust authorities launch probe into Bayer

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is being investigated by Chinese authorities for unfair competition, becoming the latest foreign drug maker to come under examination in the Asian country.
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US pork exports to Colombia on the rise

Just over a year after the trade agreement between the United States and Colombia came into force its effect can already be felt, as exports of U.S. meat are increasing and demand is growing.
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Brazil ramps up plastics resins imports

Due to Brazil's rapidly growing industry, demand for plastics and plastic resins is continually growing, leading to a rising volume and value of imports.
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EU aims to recycle 62% of plastics by 2020

While only 24% of all plastics were recycled in 2013, a new study commissioned by Plastics Recyclers Europe says that an overall plastics recycling target of 62% across the European Union is achievable by 2020.
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Investigation reveals mistake in oil labeling in Quebec train crash

The investigation into the train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, has revealed that the crude oil transported in the railcars had a lower flash point than indicated on documents, meaning that it was actually more volatile than could be expected.
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