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Researchers zero in on Listeria genome

Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service have taken an important first step in understanding the genetic makeup of Listeria, a bacterium that causes serious food-borne illness.
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IBP reaches settlement agreement on EPA lawsuit

Meatpacker IBP, inc. has reached an agreement with federal and state officials that the company said would ensure continued protection of the environment at several company plant locations.
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U.S. and Europe headed for 'food fight'?

The United States and Europe may be on a collision course over the regulation of genetically modified food, according to government policy advisors speaking at the aptly titled policy dialogue, "Are the U.S. and Europe Heading for a Food Fight over Genetically Modified Food?"
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Consolidations leading to plant closures, study shows

Since improved efficiency is a prime driver of mergers and acquisitions, it's not surprising that the consolidation of the U.S. food industry is resulting in the closure of less efficient food plants.
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Industry & People

Bettcher Industries announces the appointment of Robert R. Bolin as Regional Manager for its Whizard Trimmer and Airshirz pneumatic scissors product lines.
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New rapid detection system for salmonella

Manufacturer GENE-TRAK Systems has introduced a new rapid system for detecting Salmonella spp. in food.
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Labor Department gathering information on workplace ergonomics

Is Labor Department Secretary Elaine Chao thinking of reviving the issue of workplace ergonomics?
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FDA keeps health info from public, GMA tells Congress

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies make it difficult for the food and beverage industry to advise consumers of important health information, says Lisa Katic, director of scientific and nutrition policy for the Grocery Manufacturers of America.
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USDA to improve labeling compliance for meat, poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to improve nutrition labeling compliance for meat and poultry products and is seeking additional comments to ensure the final rule provides consumers with accurate information.
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NCBA spreading the word on FMD, BSE

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is distributing an informational document on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) -- also known as Mad Cow Disease -- to give producers a better understanding of these foreign animal diseases.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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