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EU chemical industry on the verge of collapse, Ineos boss warns

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The European chemical industry is in grave danger and a large part of it might close down within the next 10 years, Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of chemical giant Ineos, has warned.
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EU to destroy transit counterfeit drugs

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The European Union has approved a revision of its trademark legislation, including a provision that allows EU customs to block and destroy counterfeit branded pharmaceutical products, even if they are intended for markets outside the union.
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UK works on plans to tackle campylobacter in poultry

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Regulators, processors, manufacturers and retailers in the United Kingdom have joined forces to reduce the cases of campylobacter contamination of raw poultry meat across the entire supply chain.
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Nutrient pollution in EU drops despite manufacturing output increase

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Most European countries have made significant progress in tackling nutrient pollution in water, even though industry output in many sectors that contribute to contamination has increased in recent years.
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Diseases linked to Salmonella, Campylobacter decrease in Europe

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The number of people suffering from campylobacteriosis in the European Union dropped for the first time in five years in 2012 but it remains the most common foodborne disease.


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French refiners report $945 million losses in 2013

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Cheap U.S. natural gas and competition from Asia and the Middle East have dealt a heavy blow to the European refining sector, with French refineries alone losing about EUR700 million ($945 million) last year.
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UK offshore exploration facing crisis, industry body warns

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UK Continental Shelf exploration is in a "parlous state," according to experts, and the downward trend has persisted since 2011, when the number of wells drilled slumped by 50%.
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Mad Cow Disease case reported in Germany

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Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), as the disease is officially named, was identified in a slaughtered cow that did not exhibit any clinical signs of the disease.
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Total to invest $21 million in UK shale gas exploration

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French oil and gas company Total will obtain a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licenses in Lincolnshire, under an agreement with British energy firm IGas Energy.
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German petrochemical industry slow to recover from 2012 decline

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The latest Germany Petrochemicals Report revealed that the market has been driven by small and medium-sized petrochemical companies that manufacture high-value niche products with relatively stable demand.
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