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'Pink slime' back on market as beef prices soar

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As prices of U.S. beef continue to go up, the beef processing industry is witnessing the comeback of the filler known as "pink slime."
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Idaho dairy producer fined over wastewater pH levels

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Between 2009 and 2012 Idaho Milk Products released wastewater from its facility into the city's sewer system, with acidity levels of the wastewater more than 130 times higher than the company was allowed to discharge.
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Michigan company recalls 1.8 million pounds of ground beef due to E. coli contamination

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Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co. is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products believed to be contaminated with E. coli.
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Wal-Mart reaches out-of-court agreement with 23 claimants in listeria outbreak cases

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Supermarket chain Wal-Mart has settled 23 civil cases linked to the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people who consumed contaminated cantaloupe sold by the company.
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Rigid packaging thermoformer Placon acquires injection molder

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Placon, a custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designer and manufacturer based in North America, has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield, Massachusetts-based rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corp.
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CDC senior official calls for ban on raw milk sales

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for a ban or a restriction on the sale of raw milk, as a means to reduce the number of foodborne diseases originating from raw milk consumption.
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FDA orders cheese company to cease operations due to Listeria contamination

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A U.S. district court judge has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the U.S. FDA and Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, LLC, after federal inspectors repeatedly asked the company to improve its manufacturing processes to prevent Listeria contamination.
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Suspected foodborne disease sickens more than 100 at Food Safety Summit

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More than 100 people attending the Food Safety Summit in Maryland last month were sickened by what investigators think may be food poisoning
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CDC: Salmonella rates drop, Campylobacter infections on the rise

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its annual report on the progress made in attempts to reduce foodborne diseases in 2013.
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New cross-industry partnership to support Idaho's food processing industry

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A cross-industry Food Science and Manufacturing Center of Excellence has been proposed to support the state's food processing industry by providing grants, training and research.
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