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Egg company execs face criminal charges over Salmonella outbreak

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Two executives of egg producer Quality Egg LLC have been charged with a misdemeanor and the company is facing two counts of felony in relation to a 2010 Salmonella outbreak.
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'Pink slime' back on market as beef prices soar

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As prices of U.S. beef continue to go up, the beef processing industry is witnessing the comeback of the filler known as "pink slime."
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CDC: Salmonella rates drop, Campylobacter infections on the rise

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its annual report on the progress made in attempts to reduce foodborne diseases in 2013.
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New cross-industry partnership to support Idaho's food processing industry

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A cross-industry Food Science and Manufacturing Center of Excellence has been proposed to support the state's food processing industry by providing grants, training and research.
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USDA awards $24 million in research grants to control food contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 35 research projects totaling nearly $24 million have been selected for funding to improve food safety by helping control microbial and chemical contamination in various foods.
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Food industry mergers & acquisitions remain steady in 2013

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The hesitation of the food industry to engage in new merger activity was still evident in 2013 with only 311 deals, roughly the same as in 2012, according to The Food Institute’s Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2013.
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Food processing, packaging equipment market poised for growth

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The global market for equipment used in food processing and packaging is expected to grow to $31.3 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 6.3%.
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Researchers extract antioxidants from blackberries using ultrafiltration

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Using ultrafiltration membranes, a team of researchers from France and Costa Rica have successfully chemically engineered the extraction of ellagitannins -- a class of hydrolyzable tannins that are rich in antioxidants -- from blackberry juice.
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Poultry processor Peco Foods to open new facility in Arkansas

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Alabama-based Peco Foods is to invest $165 million to build a new poultry complex in Arkansas, creating 1,000 jobs.
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US Agriculture Secretary: 2015 budget cut in FSIS funding will not affect food safety

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U.S. food safety will not be compromised by the proposed cuts in funding for inspections of meat and poultry processing facilities planned for next year, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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