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Bill passed to fight counterfeit drugs

The United States has passed a bill intended to set up a national system for tracking pharmaceutical products through the supply chain to prevent counterfeit medicines from accessing the market.
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Investment in US oil and gas industry hits highest level in decade

The top 50 U.S. oil and gas companies spent $185.6 billion on exploration and developing new production in the United States in 2012, according to a new study.
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CDC: Listeria kills one of five affected

As many as 90 percent of the people affected by the foodborne disease are elderly, pregnant women, newborns or have weakened immune systems, the CDC said.
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Explosion at Nova-Kem chemical processing plant forces evacuations

The Nova-Kem plant in Seward, Ill., contained siliconetetrachloride, nitric acid, acetone and hexachlorodisilane, along with chlorine tanks located outside of the building.
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$384 billion needed for drinking water infrastructure by 2030, EPA survey shows

EPA’s fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed over the next 20 years for thousands of miles of pipes and thousands of treatment plants, storage tanks and water distribution systems.
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US imposes sanctions on Iran's petrochemical sector

The United States is imposing sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry in a bid to cut off funds that the Islamic republic might use for developing its nuclear program.
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Meat, poultry, seafood packaging trends revealed

The U.S. meat, poultry and seafood packaging market will be driven by increased demand for flexible solutions, ready-to-eat packaging and poultry packaging applications over the years until 2017.
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Bulk chemicals industry uses 5% of US energy

In 2010, bulk chemicals accounted for about 5% of the nation's energy use and were estimated by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis to provide the nation's economy with 1.4% of the nation's gross domestic product.
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Canadian refineries ramp up crude exports from US

Canadian refineries are working to increase their use of crude oil from the United States, particularly from Texas and North Dakota.
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Food processors should take public opinion into account when using processing aids, expert claims

Processing aids are very useful when eliminating E.coli from meat, poultry and other food products, but food companies should be aware of how consumers view chemicals.
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