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BASF ups agricultural investments, announces initiatives for Asia Pacific

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BASF’s Crop Protection Div. says it will address challenges in food availability and quality of life in the Asia Pacific by introducing new technologies, broadening farmer education and co-creation initiatives and increasing investments in production capacity and R&D.
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Celanese to sell two European manufacturing facilities

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Celanese Corp. intends to sell its acetic anhydride facility in Roussillon, France, and its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production unit in Tarragona, Spain.
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China invests in the U.S. food industry

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The U.S. agriculture and food industries are primed for further consolidation, as foreign companies flush with cash look to purchase attractive assets that give them an advantage in increasingly competitive businesses.
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Bacteria in poultry linked to farms, researchers claim

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The levels of bacteria in broiler chickens being processed at food-processing facilities has been linked to the amount of bacteria found among chickens on farms where they are raised, new research from the University of Georgia reveals.
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Food and beverage companies surpass 2015 goal for reduced calories

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America’s top food and beverage companies have exceeded their goal of reducing 1.5 trillion calories in the U.S. marketplace, says the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF).
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Costco Hepatitis A outbreak affects 119 people

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At least 119 people have been sickened with hepatitis A as of June 21 in an outbreak that has affected seven states, the latest update on the case from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.
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New York college launches unique food processing technology course

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Genesee Community College, situated in the western part of New York state, will provide qualified staff for food processing facilities in the area.
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Research reveals Final Rule compliance costs for US egg industry

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In 2010, a new Final Rule that applied to all flocks of over 30,000 hens came into effect. The average annual cost for compliance with the Final Rule is $122,000 per complex.
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More states join GMO labeling debate

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The question of informing consumers about genetically modified products has never been more topical, as more and more states join the lengthy debate over their safety in terms of public health.
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New York City to implement polystyrene foam ban

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Following months of debate, New York City lawmakers have moved to introduce a bill banning the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice products.
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