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USDA: Line speed hike could increase bird abuse

Under a new proposal from the USDA, the rate at which lines at slaughterhouses are moving can be increased so that plants can become more efficient, but this could further aggravate the problem of inhumane treatment of birds.
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Recession exacerbates meat consumption declines

As a result of the economy, consumers have scaled back the quality and quantity of meat purchased, while adverse health effects associated with red meat consumption have driven some consumers toward alternative protein sources.
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Cantaloupe farm owners plead guilty in listeriosis outbreak case

The owners of a cantaloupe farm in Colorado, which was linked to a food poisoning outbreak in 2011, have pleaded guilty to selling adulterated production.
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California importer recalls more than 15,000 pounds of salami

More than 15,000 pounds of salami products imported by Ferrarini USA are being recalled because they were not presented for import re-inspection, as required.
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Frozen bakery market to maintain steady growth through 2018

The combination of convenience and changing lifestyles will continue to drive expansion in the frozen bakery segment, with annual growth projected at 7.1% between 2012 and 2018.
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Colorado farmers to enter guilty plea in listeria case

Two cantaloupe farmers linked to one of the worst foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history will plead guilty to charges specified in the agreement they have struck with prosecutors.
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Salmonella strain linked to Foster Farms found in stores

A strain of Salmonella matching the one associated with the current multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been found in samples of raw chicken manufactured by California-based Foster Farms.
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US beef shipments blocked in South Korea

South Korea has banned the import of certain shipments of U.S. beef, following the discovery of the feed additive known as zilpaterol in meat supplied by the U.S. unit of meat processing company JBS.
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Plastics to remain dominant in US beverage container market

By 2017, the market for beverage containers in the United States is predicted to reach a volume of 265 billion units at a total value of $29.1 billion.
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California meat processor recalls ground beef

California-based Central Valley Meat Company is recalling almost 90,000 pounds of ground beef, sold as "Fine Ground Beef."
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