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Texas capital city to introduce food composting by 2017

May 30, 2013
Food businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores in Austin, Texas, will have to start composting their food waste by 2017 at the latest, under new rules developed by city lawmakers.
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Shuanghui International to acquire Smithfield Foods

May 30, 2013
Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Shuanghui International Holdings Limited have entered into a definitive merger agreement that values Smithfield at approximately $7.1 billion.
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FDA files injunction against fish products manufacturer

May 21, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice has demanded a preliminary injunction on behalf of the U.S. FDA against New York City Fish, Inc., over concerns that its products do not meet federal standards of safety and could pose a threat to public health.
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FDA launches software to boost food contamination protection

May 17, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a new software tool that can help food production facilities prevent intentional food contamination.
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Fire causes serious damage at Florida potato processing plant

May 15, 2013
By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, a number of warehouse structures had already been engulfed in flames.
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FDA issues warning about Brooklyn-based juice manufacturer

May 14, 2013
Carrot and beet juice products manufactured by the company may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause botulism.
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Research finds increased arsenic levels in poultry meat

May 14, 2013
Feeding chickens with arsenic-based drugs leads to a higher concentration of inorganic arsenic in poultry meat, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Budget cuts will not affect food processing facility inspections, FDA says

May 8, 2013
Concerns have been raised by the industry that food safety might be compromised if the FDA cut the number of food inspectors at the end of September.
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Burger King exec named Heinz CEO

May 3, 2013
Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer of Burger King Worldwide Inc., has agreed to take over as CEO of H.J. Heinz Co., 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway announced.
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CDC report reveals increase in some foodborne illnesses

May 3, 2013
The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report said that in comparison to a base period between 2006 and 2008, there was a 14 percent increase in the incidence of infections caused by campylobacter -- bacteria linked to many food products, including raw milk, poultry and produce.
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