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  • New CSB Update on Didion Dust Explosion Investigation

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) published an update on its investigation of last year’s fatal combustible dust explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria, WI based on information from 10 workers who were at the facility during the incident, according to an April 30 agency press release....

  • USDA Publishes New Proposed Rule on GMO Labeling

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting public comment on a new proposed rule published in the Federal Register on Friday that would create a uniform national standard for food manufacturers and other firms that label food packaging to reveal whether ingredients and foods are...

  • Smith-Midland to Open New $3M Precast Concrete Plant

    Precast concrete provider Smith-Midland Corporation plans to invest about $3 million in a new, 15,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant in Reidsville, N.C., the company announced in a press release Friday. The new Smith-Carolina facility is expected to create 10 new full-time jobs. “There have been...

  • Residents Evacuated After Chemical Blending Plant Fire

    A large fire ignited at a Louisiana chemical blending plant on Thursday afternoon, prompting officials to evacuate residents living within a five-mile radius of the facility as crews worked to contain hazardous materials that were released during the incident. Emergency crews responded to the Flow...

  • Tyson Foods Invests in Israeli Lab-Grown Meat Maker

    Tyson Foods is making an investment in an Israel-based biotechnology firm that aims to lower the cost of meat production by growing animal protein from cells in a laboratory environment, the food company announced in a press release Wednesday. The American protein firm took part in Jerusalem-based...

  • Formosa to Erect New $9.4B Chemical Plant in Louisiana

    Taiwanese firm Formosa Petrochemical Corporation (FPCC) recently announced plans to invest $9.4 billion in the construction of a new chemical production facility on a 2400-acre lot in St. James Parish, LA, Louisiana Economic Development (LED) said in a Apr. 23 press release. Set to be located on...

  • Poultry Producer to Build $40M Facility in Mississippi

    America’s eighth-largest poultry producer, Peco Foods Inc., plans to invest $40 million to renovate a vacant cold storage facility in West Point, LA, expanding the company’s freezer, cooler, and storage space, the Mississippi State Chamber of Commerce Mississippi Economic Council (MEC)...

  • Dust Collector Fire Causes $1M in Damages to Wood Factory

    A dust collector fire caused more than $1 million in damages at a Texas wood products factory on Tuesday, fire officials told local news organizations. The dust collection equipment ignited at the Widner Product Finishing Co. plant in Rogers, TX at about 5 p.m., sending flames up a wall where dust...

  • Hawk Measurement Radar Receives SIL2/SIL3 Certification

    Hawk Measurement Systems (HAWK), a global measurement solutions firm , has announced that it has earned Safety Integrity Level rating SIL2 / SIL3 to aid in reducing safety risks in hazardous applications from the International Electrotechnical Commission. This Commission's (IEC) standard IEC...

  • Man Dies in Palletizer Accident at Utah Pet Food Plant

    A 33-year-old man died at a Utah pet food production facility early Tuesday morning as he worked to restart an automatic bag palletizer The victim, identified as Raul Ortiz, was attempting to restart the equipment on a packing line at the American Nutrition plant in Ogden, UT at about 3 a.m. when...