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USDA awards $24 million in research grants to control food contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 35 research projects totaling nearly $24 million have been selected for funding to improve food safety by helping control microbial and chemical contamination in various foods.
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Bird flu detected at California quail farm

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A quail farm in California has raised concerns of a new outbreak of avian-borne virus, commonly known as bird flu.
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Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs

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Kraft Foods Group, Inc. initiated a voluntary recall of 96,000 pounds of hot dogs due to mislabeling.
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High rates of occupational injuries found at South Carolina poultry plant

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A new report has found serious rates of carpal tunnel syndrome among employees at a South Carolina poultry processing plant.
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Report raises concerns over use of GRAS food additives

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The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that labeling food additives as "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) creates a loophole in regulation.
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US pork, beef exports strong in February

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Latest data shows that American pork and beef exports fared well in February, even though the industry has been facing the challenge of soaring prices and tight supply.
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Food industry mergers & acquisitions remain steady in 2013

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The hesitation of the food industry to engage in new merger activity was still evident in 2013 with only 311 deals, roughly the same as in 2012, according to The Food Institute’s Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2013.
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Global poultry industry set for slowdown, US market an exception

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The global poultry market has been hit by a series of factors that are predicted to affect performance in the first quarter and margins in the second quarter of the year.
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Food processing, packaging equipment market poised for growth

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The global market for equipment used in food processing and packaging is expected to grow to $31.3 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 6.3%.
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Researchers extract antioxidants from blackberries using ultrafiltration

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Using ultrafiltration membranes, a team of researchers from France and Costa Rica have successfully chemically engineered the extraction of ellagitannins -- a class of hydrolyzable tannins that are rich in antioxidants -- from blackberry juice.
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