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Chemical engineers develop method to reduce fats in food

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In a bid to provide a solution to the global obesity epidemic, a team of scientists is developing a method to produce food that has the same taste and look but contains 50 percent less fat than regular food products.
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Canada's meat and poultry industry starts to recover

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The Canadian meat and poultry industry accounts for about 10 percent of the total export of agriculture and food products and employs about 66,500 workers across the country.
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Increase in line speed at poultry plants could cause more injuries, contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to introduce new rules at poultry plants that would see the speed of lines at processing facilities increase to 175 birds per minute, up from the current 140 birds per minute.
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Major food safety violations discovered at Mississippi meat processing plants

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Over the past 10 years, the 50 slaughterhouses and meat-poultry processing plants in Mississippi, owned by 35 companies, violated regulations 69 times, according to a new investigation.
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China invests in the U.S. food industry

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The U.S. agriculture and food industries are primed for further consolidation, as foreign companies flush with cash look to purchase attractive assets that give them an advantage in increasingly competitive businesses.
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Bacteria in poultry linked to farms, researchers claim

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The levels of bacteria in broiler chickens being processed at food-processing facilities has been linked to the amount of bacteria found among chickens on farms where they are raised, new research from the University of Georgia reveals.
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Food and beverage companies surpass 2015 goal for reduced calories

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America’s top food and beverage companies have exceeded their goal of reducing 1.5 trillion calories in the U.S. marketplace, says the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF).
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FDA launches software to boost food contamination protection

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a new software tool that can help food production facilities prevent intentional food contamination.
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Texas capital city to introduce food composting by 2017

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Food businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores in Austin, Texas, will have to start composting their food waste by 2017 at the latest, under new rules developed by city lawmakers.
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Shuanghui International to acquire Smithfield Foods

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Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Shuanghui International Holdings Limited have entered into a definitive merger agreement that values Smithfield at approximately $7.1 billion.
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