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8 Ways to Prevent, Respond to Food Manufacturing Plant Explosions

March 6, 2015 3:19 pm | by Phil Turner, Director of Field Services, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

If your food processing or beverage plant houses an ammonia refrigeration system, an explosion is your worst nightmare.

FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 6, 2015 3:08 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to concerns, the agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk from the farms and tested...

Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 6, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration used data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks...

Father of Ohio Teen Poisoned by Caffeine Powder Files Suit

March 6, 2015 2:44 pm | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement'...

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Study of Tibetan Ice Shows Chemical Regulations Are Effective

March 5, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Researchers called the results "encouraging" and noted the study showed international agreements and chemical bans can gradually "reduce the prevalence of toxic chemicals."

Cost of Iowa Fertilizer Plant Climbs to More Than $2 Billion

March 5, 2015 3:38 pm | by Sioux City Journal | News | Comments

The new plant is projected to triple the company's production of ammonia, a key component of nitrogen-based fertilizer, and help to grow urea and urea-ammonium nitrate production, CF Industries officials said.

Chemical Fire Smolders For Hours at Vancouver Port

March 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The fire originated from a container of trichloroisocyanuric acid — a bleaching agent and industrial disinfectant — and quickly spread to three other containers.

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Plantation Owners Seeking Answers About Mercury Pollution

March 5, 2015 10:24 am | by DAVID J. MITCHELL, The Advocate | News | Comments

A nearby plant turns bauxite ore shipped from Jamaica into alumina, which supplies the company's aluminum smelter in Missouri.

Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow has increased production of ethylene, propylene and derivatives for the packaging industry. The plans will expand the Gulf Coast facilities by 40 percent.

Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A lawmaker is calling for an investigation while the company's stocks have tumbled and they've bowed out of several public appearances. 

Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes as the fast-food giant struggles to shake its junk-food image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.

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Humans Adapted to Arsenic

March 4, 2015 10:47 am | by Molecular Biology and Evolution | Articles | Comments

High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, researchers have identified the first evidence of a population uniquely adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic.

Advocates, Critics of Fracking Turn Out For Hearing on Bills

March 4, 2015 10:17 am | by MEREDITH SOMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fracking opponents came out in force Tuesday to speak their minds at a Senate hearing on legislation that would limit natural gas drilling in Maryland.

Pics of The Day: Used Motor Oil Spills Into River

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

It'd seem even prettier if it wasn't so dangerous — on Tuesday as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil stored in an above ground tank leaked into irrigation canals before slithering a river in Washington.

California to Classify Styrene as Carcinogen

March 3, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Styrene is used primarily in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, and occupational exposure can occur in polystyrene factories and in the reinforced plastics industry.

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 3, 2015 3:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While the reasons for food recalls can vary, one thing is for certain: traceability throughout the supply chain continues to be extremely important.

Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 3, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures.

NY Lawmakers to Try Again to Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 3, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals considered harmful, such as benzene, mercury, cadmium and cobalt.

Are Emulsifiers Making People Fatter?

March 2, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A recently published study by university researchers links common food additives to gastrointestinal problems and obesity in mice.

EU Nations Get Power to Ban Genetically-Modified Crops

March 2, 2015 4:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

Researchers: Monitor Oat Facilities For Mold Toxin

March 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Food scientists reported that oat-based breakfast cereals were more likely than other cereals to contain elevated levels of ochratoxin A, a common mold-related toxin linked to kidney cancer in animal studies.

'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. Here's how the numbers shake out.

Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | News | Comments

The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | News | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

How Shale Has Transformed One Tiny Town in Texas

February 26, 2015 5:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

We all know the current oil boom has produced winners and losers around the U.S. — and they're often packed into the same small towns.

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