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  • “World’s Largest” Halal Animal Protein Firm Established

    Brazilian food company BRF S.A. launched OneFoods, a new Dubai-headquartered subsidiary, in a move to provide halal animal protein to an estimated market of 1.8 billion people in the Middle East, a press release announced Wednesday. Formerly known as Sadia Halal, OneFoods holds a 45% market share...

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  • A.J. Sackett and Waconia Manufacturing Merge

    Equipment manufacturers A.J. Sackett and Sons and Waconia Manufacturing announced Thursday that the two companies merged on Jan. 1 to form Sackett-Waconia. Bringing together the separate companies’ sales force and product lines while retaining the same ownership, both companies hold strong...

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  • GEAPS, K-State Offer Grain Handling Courses in February

    The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University are offering five online courses on grain handling operations running from Feb. 13 through March 17, the international organization announced Jan. 3.   Participants can complete the courses at any time over the five...

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  • Smithfield Closes Acquisition of Hormel’s Clougherty Packing

    The world’s largest pork processor and hog producer Smithfield Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that its acquisition of Hormel Foods Corporation subsidiary Clougherty Packing LLC – the parent of Farmer John and Saag’s Specialty Meats brands – and PFFJ LLC farm operations is...

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  • Merck Acquires U.S. Food Safety Testing Technology Firm

    German life science and technology company Merck acquired Bellevue, WA-based BioControl Systems Inc., a producer of rapid food safety testing technology and testing platforms, a Merck press release announced Wednesday. Merck said the acquisition helps poise the company to grow in the food and...

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  • Texas Feed Maker Fined $92K for Grain Dust, Other Hazards

    A Navasota, TX feed manufacturing facility was cited Dec. 20 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for eight serious violations and two repeat violations for repeatedly failing to guard machinery and protect workers from fall and grain dust...

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  • OSHA Fines Plastics Maker $274K for Machine Safety Hazards

    The New Philadelphia, OH plastic production facility of Lauren Manufacturing faces $274,934 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an investigation into a worker’s injury that occurred last June. Responding to a...

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  • Mining Fatalities in U.S. Drop to Record Low in 2016

    25 miners died in work-related incidents in American mines during the 2016 calendar year, the lowest figure recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), according to data released by the agency on Tuesday. The latest statistics represent “...

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  • Tank Holding Acquires Agri Plastics’ Material Handling Division

    Tank Holding Corp., North America’s largest rotational molder, which includes major polyethylene tank manufacturers, Norwesco and Snyder Industries, has acquired Agri Plastics’ Material Handling Div.   Agri Plastics is also a leading rotational molder of a wide range of...

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  • Grain Bin Fall Claims Life at World’s Biggest Malt Plant

    A 58-year-old worker died Monday night after falling into a grain bin at the Rahr Malting Co. plant in Shakopee, MN, numerous local news outlets reported Tuesday. Employees called first responders to the plant at about 9:15 p.m. after the worker fell into a grain bin and contacted some processing...

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