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Hepatitis A from pomegranate seeds sickens 162 people in 10 states

According to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend has affected 162 people in 10 states.
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Investigation reveals mistake in oil labeling in Quebec train crash

The investigation into the train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, has revealed that the crude oil transported in the railcars had a lower flash point than indicated on documents, meaning that it was actually more volatile than could be expected.
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Canada pressed to adopt mining operations transparency legislation

Legislation aiming to improve the transparency and traceability of funds paid by mining companies to local governments is already in force in the United States and the European Union, but Canada lagging behind in adopting similar legislation.
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Report praises Alberta for its pipeline safety

Alberta has the best regulatory framework of all Canadian provinces when it comes to pipeline safety and the oil and gas industry as a whole, a new independent review found.
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US petrochemical industry set for growth in 2013

Although not expanding at an astonishing rate, the U.S. chemical and petrochemical industries are experiencing steady growth, a report from Business Monitor International indicates.
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US pork exports slide 1% year-on-year in June

U.S. pork exports inched down 1% year-on-year in June, with 23.8 percent of pork produced in the country being shipped abroad.
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Canada's meat and poultry industry starts to recover

The Canadian meat and poultry industry accounts for about 10 percent of the total export of agriculture and food products and employs about 66,500 workers across the country.
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US oil, gas companies embrace recycling of fracking water

Many fracking companies in states like Texas, where drought is a major problem, are facing pressure from regulators to reduce the amount of water they use in their fracking fluids.
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Crude oil train explosion kills 60 in Quebec

About 60 people are believed to have died after the huge explosion of a train carrying oil from the Bakken oil region in North Dakota to a refinery on the east coast of Canada.
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Canada hikes oil spill liability cap to $1 billion

The reforms come at a time when several large companies have expressed interest in starting or expanding operations to drill in Canadian offshore areas.
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