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Food Industry Update

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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Proposed updates to Nutrition Facts label announced

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The proposed changes will bring the familiar rectangular box, which is featured on roughly 700,000 products, up to date with changes to its design and content.
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Listeria from cheese kills one, sickens seven

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A listeria outbreak, most likely linked with "Hispanic-style" cheese, has killed one person in California and has sickened seven people in Maryland.
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Scientists warn of chemicals migrating to food products from packaging

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Although chemicals from packaging, known as food contact materials, leach into food and drinks in minimal amounts, being exposed to them over a lifetime may have a cumulative effect.
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FDA ordered to finalize new food safety law by March 2016

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have to finalize the Food Safety Modernization Act by the spring of 2016, under the terms of a settlement filed at the federal district court in Oakland, Calif.
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Wisconsin company turns dairy wastewater into biofuel

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Dairy is the largest industry in the state of Wisconsin and it can also be a major source of biofuel, according to GreenWhey Energy, based in Turtle Lake.
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PepsiCo unveils $5 billion investment program for Mexico

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PepsiCo said it would spread the spending over five years, focusing on four key areas: innovation and brand building, infrastructure, agriculture and community
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