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FDA takes action against Chicago-based sprout producer

The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction with U Joo Foods, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., a sprout processor whose production had failed to meet sanitary standards.
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Chemical plant explosion in China forces 20,000 to evacuate

An explosion and fire Monday morning at a chemical plant in southwestern China injured at least five workers and forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 people in the area.
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New directive proposed for EU oil and gas companies

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new regulations that could require oil and gas companies operating on European Union territory to submit emergency response plans and show evidence that they are able to fund the fixing of potential environmental damage caused during operation.
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Automation key for ensuring food safety, equipment manufacturer claims

Anticipated reforms mean that food processing plants are likely to face serious challenges in complying with the new regulations. One of the key elements to make sure products are safe is prevention of potential bacterial contamination.
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Health company receives $1 million to study impact of Marcellus Shale drilling

The company plans to look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near gas wells and other natural gas production facilities in the area.
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Merck to pay $8.5 million to settle Vioxx case in Pennsylvania

New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to the state of Pennsylvania to settle allegations that it inappropriately marketed its painkiller Vioxx.
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World Health Organization warns of health risks from synthetic chemicals

According to the global health watchdog, the danger comes from so-called "gender-bending" compounds that are very common in a range of everyday products, such as toys, baby bottles and credit cards.
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KROHNE Offers Online Academy

KROHNE, Inc. announces the availability of the KROHNE academy, featuring Web-based training on measurement technologies and other topics of interest to process measurement personnel.
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PET water bottle recycling rates on the rise

Manufacturers of bottled water are on the right path to reducing the environmental footprint of their products.
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North Carolina to vote on lifting fracking ban

The state of North Carolina is considering moves to lift the ban on fracking operations, despite concerns raised by green organizations that drilling works might pose a threat to the environment.
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