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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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Farmers shift focus over Food Safety Modernization Act cost concerns

While it is expected to improve food safety across the entire supply chain, the Food Safety Modernization Act has also caused concerns that many farmers and food manufacturers will be unable to meet the costs.
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High-pressure processing can reduce risk of food contamination, company claims

U.S.-based high-pressure processing solutions provider All Natural Freshness has announced the launch of its new buffering solution that could cut costs for food production and processing companies by offering increased contamination protection and eliminating the need for costly recalls almost entirely.
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Study links BPA exposure to obesity in girls

New research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that girls aged between nine and 12 that had high levels of BPA in their bodies were twice as likely to be obese as their peers.
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BASF ups agricultural investments, announces initiatives for Asia Pacific

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

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

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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