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Illinois food company fined for illegal dairy waste discharge

Illinois-based food processor Avanti Foods Co. has paid a $39,000 fine for illegally discharging dairy waste and causing water pollution.
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US Agriculture Secretary: 2015 budget cut in FSIS funding will not affect food safety

U.S. food safety will not be compromised by the proposed cuts in funding for inspections of meat and poultry processing facilities planned for next year, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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Deadly virus causes turmoil in US pork industry

The U.S. pork industry is facing a serious challenge in the shape of a deadly virus that has been killing pigs by the millions, pushing pork prices up and threatening supplies.
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UK works on plans to tackle campylobacter in poultry

Regulators, processors, manufacturers and retailers in the United Kingdom have joined forces to reduce the cases of campylobacter contamination of raw poultry meat across the entire supply chain.
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Palm oil production contributes to climate change, study claims

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder believe that wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
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Proposed updates to Nutrition Facts label announced

The proposed changes will bring the familiar rectangular box, which is featured on roughly 700,000 products, up to date with changes to its design and content.
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Listeria from cheese kills one, sickens seven

A listeria outbreak, most likely linked with "Hispanic-style" cheese, has killed one person in California and has sickened seven people in Maryland.
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Scientists warn of chemicals migrating to food products from packaging

Although chemicals from packaging, known as food contact materials, leach into food and drinks in minimal amounts, being exposed to them over a lifetime may have a cumulative effect.
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FDA ordered to finalize new food safety law by March 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have to finalize the Food Safety Modernization Act by the spring of 2016, under the terms of a settlement filed at the federal district court in Oakland, Calif.
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Nestlé recalls Hot Pocket products linked to Rancho Feeding beef

The recall was initiated following last week's news that California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling millions of pounds of beef from diseased animals.
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