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

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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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EU, US approaches to chemical regulation: Is there middle ground?

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A large number of chemicals and food additives that are legal in the United States are banned for use in food and beverage manufacturing in some parts of the European Union. But does this mean that U.S. products put consumers at risk?
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Student develops more energy efficient process for emulsion production

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A more energy efficient process for emulsion production, with applications in the food industry and beyond, developed by a postdoctoral student in Birmingham, UK, has been recognized by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
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