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US pork production remains stable in 2013

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The United States is predicted to produce a total of 23.22 billion pounds of pork in 2013, which is just 0.1 percent down on the amount produced in 2012, new figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show.
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EU food safety regulator finds aspartame safe for public health

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Critics claim that aspartame is linked to a number of health complications, including cancer, and have been calling for authorities to ban the use of the substance.
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FDA starts voluntary program to phase out antibiotic use in livestock

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The food safety regulator stated that it was launching a new voluntary project in which pharmaceutical companies could relabel their products to prevent them from being used in healthy animals.
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USDA launches new action plan for tackling Salmonella

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The Salmonella Action Plan is intended to deal with the disease in an aggressive and comprehensive way and will help to make meat and poultry safer for American consumers.
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Florida residents rank food safety among top concerns

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Researchers gauged public perception of 15 issues covering a wide range of topics and food safety emerged as the third most important, with 85 percent of respondents defining it as extremely or highly important.
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Canada looks to enhance food safety control

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The Safe Food for Canadians Act may not come into effect before 2015, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has released a report describing the recent actions taken by the government to improve food safety.
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Meat industry challenges new rules for origin labeling

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Some of the biggest names in the U.S. meat processing industry are spearheading an industry appeal in court, calling for a rethink of the rules requiring companies to specify the origin of meat on labels.
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E. coli in raw milk sickens nine children in Tennessee

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The strain of E. coli that caused nine children to become ill in Tennessee has been traced to raw milk from the McBee Dairy Farm near Knoxville and samples from the milk matched samples of animal waste taken at the farm.
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US adopts international standards for beef trade

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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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US poultry industry safer than ever

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New figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses among employees in the poultry sector has hit an all-time low.
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