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  • Grain Elevator Fire in Michigan Causes HazMat Situation

    Crews from several area fire departments responded to a fire at a Fowlerville, MI grain elevator this Memorial Day and ordered residents near the facility to evacuate their homes due to hazardous materials (HazMat) present at the site, several local news organizations reported. Arriving at the...

  • Hormel Foods Recalls SPAM Contaminated with Metal Pieces

    Several minor oral injuries prompted Hormel Foods Corporation to issue a recall of 228,614 lbs of SPAM and Hormel Foods Black Label Luncheon Meat contaminated by metal pieces, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a press release last Saturday....

  • PepsiCo Buys California-Based Fruit Chip Maker Bare Foods

    Food and beverage giant PepsiCo plans to grow its portfolio of snacking offerings by acquiring fruit and vegetable chip maker Bare Foods Co. An announcement Friday said PepsiCo entered into definitive agreement to purchase the San Francisco-based firm. “We are thrilled to work with the...

  • Dust Explosion, Fire Damages Particleboard Plant

    A dust explosion in a wood chip silo on Sunday caused a fire that damaged several structures at the Borg Manufacturing particleboard plant in Australia, reports from several local news organizations said. Over 30 firefighters responded to the incident at the Mount Gambier, South Australia site,...

  • Crews Put Down Fire at Cargill Ethanol Plant in Iowa

    Crews from three fire departments responded to a blaze at the Cargill ethanol production plant in Fort Dodge, IA on Sunday, officials told local media. The fire was apparently caused by a malfunction in a hydraulic line that sent a liquid onto hot pipes, a member of the the Fort Dodge Fire...

  • FDA Warns NECCO Over Rodent Droppings in Candy Plant

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the New England Confectionery Company Inc. (NECCO) on May 16 after agency investigators found evidence of rodent feces, nests, and gnaw holes in a food storage area and several other issues at the company’s Revere, MA...

  • Nestle Consolidates R&D Units into New Organization

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle is moving to consolidate its scientific research and development units into a new entity dubbed Nestle Research, the company announced in a press release Thursday. Touting its R&D capabilities as “the largest of any food company worldwide,”...

  • US Foods Plans Expansion of F. Christiana Warehouse

    Foodservice distributor US Foods plans to expand a warehouse owned by its subsidiary F. Christiana & Co in Marrero, LA to boost the company’s presence in the region, a press release by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) announced Thursday. The facility will grow to 200,000 sq ft, about...

  • Forklift Explosion at P&G Plant in Louisiana Kills Worker

    Fire officials said a fork lift explosion was the cause of a 56-year-old worker’s death Thursday morning at the Procter & Gamble (P&G) plant in Pineville, LA. The man was reportedly operating the equipment at the facility at about 3 a.m. when the incident occurred. Local media...

  • Dow Chemical Opens New Regional Sales Office in Canada

    Materials science firm The Dow Chemical Company will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the opening of its Eastern Canada Regional Sales Center in Toronto, marking an expansion of its presence in the country. “The facility is a declaration of our ambition to lead with...