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Report alleges problems with model chicken inspections

A report compiled by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) suggests that as many as 40 percent of chickens heading to supermarket from plants participating in an experimental "model'' inspection program were contaminated with sores, scabs and other defects.
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Greenpeace says corn dogs contain Starlink

Environmental group Greenpeace says it has detected traces of an unapproved, gene-altered corn variety in vegetarian corn dogs produced by Kellogg Co, and has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to seek a recall of the product.
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USDA resubmits proposed regulations to Federal Register

On February 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resubmitted to the Federal Register a proposed regulation to help prevent contamination of Listeria and other harmful pathogens.
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Congress repeals ergonomics regulation

In a surprise move last month, Congress employed a little known law to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Ergonomics Program Standard.
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Perdue adopts Ultra-High-Pressure to fight pathogens

Processor Perdue Farms is installing ultra-high pressure to destroy food-borne pathogens in the production of its prepared poultry products.
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United States & Europe deal with Mad Cow disease

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), better known as Mad Cow disease, has gripped the world with fear as the U.S. and Europe work to solve this puzzling epidemic.
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BOC and RGF Environmental form ozone alliance

Suppliers BOC and RGF Envir-onmental Group of West Palm Beach, Florida, have formed a strategic alliance to market ozone-based applications for treating e-coli, listeria, salmonella and other microbes.
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Are Americans squeezing in a fourth daily meal?

The standard three meals a day may be falling by the wayside, with breakfast, lunch and dinner now being supplemented by an unofficial fourth meal -- the afternoon snack -- according to a study by Chicago-based Mintel International Group.
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P&G marketing Vulcan technology

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Company has begun exploring licensing opportunities for its "Reliability Engineering" technology -- a system it says has saved the company considerable sums in manufacturing costs during the past decade.
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Dallas-based Suiza Foods Corp. and Franklin Park, Ill.-based Dean Foods Co. announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which the two companies will merge to form a national dairy and specialty foods company with $10 billion in revenue.
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