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Singapore signs water R&D agreement with EPA

Singapore's national water agency PUB and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be working together on a series of water management issues.
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Public officials charged over deadly fire at Chinese poultry plant

The Chinese government has charged 11 public officials with dereliction of duty after more than 120 people were killed June 3 in a deadly fire at a poultry plant in Jilin Province.
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BASF ups agricultural investments, announces initiatives for Asia Pacific

BASF’s Crop Protection Div. says it will address challenges in food availability and quality of life in the Asia Pacific by introducing new technologies, broadening farmer education and co-creation initiatives and increasing investments in production capacity and R&D.
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Chinese pharma industry eyes international opportunities

Big Chinese pharmaceutical companies are no longer happy playing only in their local markets. Several of them are hoping to establish a notable presence on the U.S. market, mostly through partnerships with international industry giants.
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More than 100 killed in Chinese poultry plant fire

Officials said an ammonia leak may have contributed to the fire at the Baoyuan plant in Jilin province.
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FDA takes action against Indian pharmaceutical companies

Pharmaceutical company Hospira Inc. has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over lapses in the manufacturing of drugs, which were detected during an inspection of its facility in Irungattukottai, India, in October 2012.
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Bird flu outbreak costs Chinese poultry industry more than $6.5 billion

The sector has been losing 1 billion yuan a day since the end of March as chicken-product sales continue to dwindle and prices plunge due to consumer fears over bird flu.
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Danone to invest $417 million in China's biggest dairy producer

French food-products company Danone has agreed to invest $417 million in two deals with China Mengniu Dairy Co., China's biggest dairy producer.
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Mixers make instant coffee production in Thailand efficient

Specializing in production and packaging of instant coffee and tea, CMYK Ltd. was established in Thailand in 2001 as the exclusive co-manufacturer for what some say is the world’s biggest food company, Nestlé.
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Rat meat sold as lamb, Chinese authorities discover

Chinese authorities have arrested 63 people involved in an operation that allegedly sold more than $1 million in rat, fox, mink and other meat as lamb.
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