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UK's Food Standards Agency outlines action plan for 2014

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As one of the key issues to address, the plan deals with Campylobacter -- the UK's most common cause of food poisoning.
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EU food safety regulator finds aspartame safe for public health

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Critics claim that aspartame is linked to a number of health complications, including cancer, and have been calling for authorities to ban the use of the substance.
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New Zealand to adopt improved food safety practices

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New Zealand is moving to adopt a tougher approach to food safety, following the high-profile Fonterra dairy contamination case that sparked a public debate on regulation and enforcement issues earlier this year.
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US adopts international standards for beef trade

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The federal agency has finalized a rule that effectively adopts the global standards presented by the World Organization for Animal Health.
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Horsemeat scandal leads to less meat consumption in UK

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A quarter of UK consumers say they now eat less meat than they did a year ago and more than a third say they are willing to consider cutting down on meat consumption.
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Global flexible packaging market to grow by 5.1%, report predicts

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The global market for flexible packaging is set to grow by a compound annual rate of 5.1 percent between 2013 and 2018, reaching a total value of $99.6 billion by the end of the period, up on $73.8 billion last year.
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Reusable bags could lead to more foodborne illnesses

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The British government has been trying to urge consumers to ditch single-use plastic bags in the hope of reducing waste and carbon emissions, but experts have warned that switching to reusable bags could put food safety at risk.
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India needs to develop food processing potential, industry group says

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A new report predicts that the country could attract $33 billion of investment over the next decade, boosting the national economy and securing high profits.
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UK poultry industry blames planning curbs for stifling local production

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According to the British Poultry Council, the country is running out of space to rear chickens and planning curbs are making it extremely difficult to "Buy British."
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US beef shipments blocked in South Korea

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South Korea has banned the import of certain shipments of U.S. beef, following the discovery of the feed additive known as zilpaterol in meat supplied by the U.S. unit of meat processing company JBS.
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