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Norovirus most common culprit of foodborne illness outbreaks

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Many consider cruise ships to be the most common places where norovirus outbreaks occur, but a new analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that foodborne outbreaks in restaurants are more frequent.
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Student develops more energy efficient process for emulsion production

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A more energy efficient process for emulsion production, with applications in the food industry and beyond, developed by a postdoctoral student in Birmingham, UK, has been recognized by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
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US, Canadian authorities recall chia seed powder after Salmonella outbreak

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (FIA) has announced a recall of a range of products containing sprouted chia seed powder over concerns about a possible Salmonella contamination.
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US agencies to tackle future foodborne disease outbreaks together

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have agreed to combine their expertise to tackle foodborne health hazards.
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Russia cuts US frozen poultry imports by 34% in Q1

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Russia cut the volume of frozen poultry it imports from the United States by 34% to 47,200 metric tons in the first three months of 2014, partly due to Moscow's measures to limit its dependence on external markets by boosting its own poultry production.
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Researchers use 'magnetized' yeast to produce sparkling wine in less time

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A European research team has engineered a new process that drastically reduces the time required to remove waste yeast from sparkling wine.
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Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride make bids to acquire Hillshire Brands

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Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride are engaged in a multi-billion dollar bidding war for sausage company Hillshire Brands.
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Egg company execs face criminal charges over Salmonella outbreak

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Two executives of egg producer Quality Egg LLC have been charged with a misdemeanor and the company is facing two counts of felony in relation to a 2010 Salmonella outbreak.
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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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