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Dow Microbial Control antifouling technology gains landmark EU approval

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Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has announced European Union regulatory approval of its innovative antifouling active substance - DCOIT (4,5-Dichloro-2-octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one).
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Ineos moves into UK shale exploration

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Chemicals company Ineos has acquired a majority stake in an onshore exploration and development license in Scotland that includes its Grangemouth refining and petrochemical complex and the area around it.
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Germany's Messer builds industrial gases plant in Poland

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German industrial gases specialist Messer announced last week that it is building a new production plant for industrial gases in Turek, Poland.
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Bids invited for UK onshore oil and gas licenses

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A new bidding process for onshore oil and gas exploration licenses was opened by the UK government last week.
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VanDeMark Chemical acquires European phosgene producer

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VanDeMark Chemical Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives, has expanded its business with the acquisition of a European manufacturer of phosgene products.
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Food-safe recycling process approved

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Plastic recycling and remoulding processes deployed by Belgian packaging solutions firm Schoeller Allibert at three of its manufacturing sites have been certified as safe for food use.
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UK FSA investigates poultry plant safety practices

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The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) is launching an investigation into safety standards at chicken processing facilities, following reports of unsanitary conditions at several plants.
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More than 500,000 Britons suffer food poisoning each year

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According to figures, campylobacter is still the most common cause of food poisoning, accounting for about 280,000 cases per year.
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BASF to sell stake in joint venture to Ineos

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Swiss-based multinational chemical company Ineos is to buy out BASF's 50-percent stake in Styrolution -- the joint venture formed by the two companies in 2011.
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British scientists discover way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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Thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria may become easier.
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