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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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Multistate cyclosporiasis outbreak infects 230 people

The source of the infection is still not known but investigators believe that vegetables, most likely imported, are to blame for the outbreak.
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Major food safety violations discovered at Mississippi meat processing plants

Over the past 10 years, the 50 slaughterhouses and meat-poultry processing plants in Mississippi, owned by 35 companies, violated regulations 69 times, according to a new investigation.
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FDA proposes action level for arsenic in apple juice

The FDA's new threshold for arsenic in apple juice is pegged at 10 parts per billion (ppb), which is the same as the limit imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water.
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Foodborne illnesses linked to leafy vegetables, dairy on the rise

Extensive research by the CDC has shown that outbreaks of foodborne illnesses linked to leafy vegetables and dairy products have increased over the past three years, while illnesses associated with eggs have declined.
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