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Computer system failure puts US meat safety at risk

A malfunction in the computer system used by thousands of Agriculture Department inspectors at the 6,500 meatpacking and processing plants across the United States caused a two-day outage.
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Value of global beverage packaging market to reach $125.7 billion in 2018

Between 2013 and 2018, the global beverage packaging market is forecast to expand at a compound annual rate of 4.3%.
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Oregon governor signs off on canola ban for Willamette Valley

Oregon farmers and the public are celebrating a major victory after Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the HB 2427 bill into law on Wednesday.
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Trident Seafoods to invest $41 million in Georgia plant

The Seattle-based company, which is North America's biggest seafood harvester and processor, said on Wednesday that it would open a plant in Carrollton, bringing 175 jobs to the people of Carroll County.
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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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'Gluten-free' definition standardized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has standardized the definition of "gluten-free" in a move designed to help millions of Americans affected by celiac disease (CD).
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Dutch scientists unveil first lab-grown burger

The 5-ounce "Cultured Beef" burger, which reportedly cost around $332,000 to produce, was made with muscle cells taken from a cow and other common food ingredients such as salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs.
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Chemical engineers develop method to reduce fats in food

In a bid to provide a solution to the global obesity epidemic, a team of scientists is developing a method to produce food that has the same taste and look but contains 50 percent less fat than regular food products.
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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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Increase in line speed at poultry plants could cause more injuries, contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to introduce new rules at poultry plants that would see the speed of lines at processing facilities increase to 175 birds per minute, up from the current 140 birds per minute.
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