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Food Industry Update

Texas capital city to introduce food composting by 2017

May 30, 2013
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

May 30, 2013
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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Burger King exec named Heinz CEO

May 3, 2013
Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer of Burger King Worldwide Inc., has agreed to take over as CEO of H.J. Heinz Co., 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway announced.
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CDC report reveals increase in some foodborne illnesses

May 3, 2013
The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report said that in comparison to a base period between 2006 and 2008, there was a 14 percent increase in the incidence of infections caused by campylobacter -- bacteria linked to many food products, including raw milk, poultry and produce.
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USDA inspectors expose dangerous chemical use in poultry plants

April 30, 2013
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has issued evidence that it collected from federal poultry inspector whistleblowers regarding the use of chemicals in the U.S. poultry industry and the potential impact this has on human health.
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Monsanto develops omega-3 soybean oil

April 22, 2013
Biotechnology company Monsanto Co. has has developed a type of genetically engineered soybean oil that produces a type of fatty acid that could be processed to take the same form as omega-3 from fish.
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World's largest study of food allergies underway

March 29, 2013
The European Commission-sponsored research, known as the Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM), will produce a standardized management process for companies involved in food manufacturing.
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Majority of Americans do not trust food industry, survey finds

March 29, 2013
Only 17% of consumers feel food companies and manufacturers are trustworthy sources of information about food production practices, according to a new white paper.
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Poultry processor invests $49 million in West Georgia plant

March 29, 2013
Koch Foods is investing $49 million to expand its poultry processing plant in Hamilton, Ga., Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.
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Nutrition expert calls for 'pragmatic approach' to processed foods

March 29, 2013
The obesity epidemic can only be tackled if policy makers and the food industry work together to develop a pragmatic and effective solution, a leading expert has stated.
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