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Ineos moves into UK shale exploration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Poultry to account for more than half of UK meat consumption in 2014

The U.K. poultry sector is enjoying a period of stability and confidence, which has resulted in a surge of investment.
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