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Canada's meat processing safety system rated as 'adequate'

January 13, 2014
A USDA audit found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to improve its oversight on meat processing facilities, especially as it relates to humane handling of animals and sanitation.
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Canadian researchers find artificial sweeteners in river

December 30, 2013
A team of Canadian researchers has detected high concentration levels of artificial sweeteners used in the food and beverage industry in the Grand River, near Ontario, suggesting that wastewater treatment plants are unable to remove them from the water supply system.
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Mexico may allow private companies to extract oil

December 10, 2013
The proposal to amend Mexico's constitution and allow private investors access to the country's oilfields comes from members of the two largest political parties.
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US adopts international standards for beef trade

November 25, 2013
The federal agency has finalized a rule that effectively adopts the global standards presented by the World Organization for Animal Health.
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New pipeline project to Trafigura's Gulf Coast terminal announced

November 11, 2013
Energy Transfer Partners has signed an agreement with Holland-based global commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer BV for the launch of a new crude and condensate pipeline running from the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas to Corpus Christi.
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German Styrolution to expand operations in Mexico

November 4, 2013
German-based global styrenic products manufacturer Styrolution GmbH has announced plans to open a production line for alpha methyl styrene acrylonitrile -- specialty styrenic feedstock -- in Mexico.
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US plastics industry rebounds

October 28, 2013
The U.S. plastics sector has rebounded to pre-recession levels, with the future outlook still positive thanks to robust growth in the resin sector and cheap shale gas feedstocks.
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Yara, BASF plan investment in US ammonia plant

October 21, 2013
Norway's Yara, the top global producer of nitrate fertilizers, is planning a big investment in the United States in partnership with German chemicals giant BASF.
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Mexico aims to unlock its energy potential

October 1, 2013

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has once again confirmed his plans for reform in the Mexican energy sector that would ensure industry growth and would attract more international investors on the market.


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Hepatitis A from pomegranate seeds sickens 162 people in 10 states

September 25, 2013
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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