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  • General Mills Recalls Flour Amid E. Coli Outbreak

    General Mills issued a voluntary recall of several flour products after health officials linked some of those affected by a recent outbreak of a E. coli bacteria strain to flour consumption, the Minneapolis-based company said Tuesday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

  • New USDA Effort Streamlines Crop Reporting Process

    The US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is working with farmers, ranchers, and insurance companies to create a centralized electronic filing source for crop acreage reports, the agency announced Tuesday. Dubbed the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streaming Initiative, the agency...

  • Pet Food Maker Blue Buffalo to Build $100 Million Plant

    Pet food manufacturer Blue Buffalo Pet Products is building a $100 million facility on 89 acres in Richmond, IN, the company announced Tuesday. With construction anticipated to start in the second half of 2016, the development will also include an R&D center and will be the Wilton, CT-based...

  • OHSA Fines Fragrance Manufacturer $63k for Safety Violations

    A Bethlehem, PA manufacturer of flavors and fragrances has been cited with eight safety violations by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to chemical hazards and other dangers, the agency announced Tuesday. The investigation...

  • Lean Lab Checklist

    The successful implementation of “lean manufacturing” in various fields has inspired many businesses to adopt this model in their laboratories as well. However, laboratories have different challenges compared to manufacturing environments. In order to provide a way to gain the many...

  • EPA Seeks Comments on Draft Label for Dicamba Formulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments through Tuesday, May 31, 2016 on the draft label for dicamba formulations for use on deregulated dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton (Docket # EPQ-HQ-OPP-2016-0187).   Dicamba controls a large number of broadleaf...

  • Farm Worker Severely Burned After Possible Dust Explosion

    A 27-year-old farm worker who was seriously injured on May 4 on after a 1000-gallon water tank he was working in exploded remains hospitalized, the Eastern Arizona Courier reported Thursday. Police responded to the incident at the Steve Daley Farm in Thatcher, AZ at about 7:28 am after an off-duty...

  • Jarring Images of Indian Chemical Plant Explosion

    An explosion at a Mumbai-area chemical plant Thursday killed at least three people and injured dozens. For Powder & Bulk Solids' coverage, click here.

  • Nestle Partners with Imperial College to Research Nutrition

    Nestle Research and Imperial College London are combining forces in a new research and innovation partnership that aims to break new ground in metabolic health and nutrition, the Swiss company announced Thursday. Initially focusing on learning how bacterial microbiomes in human digestive systems...

  • OSHA Cites Candy Manufacturer after Amputation

    A candy-wrapping machine surgically amputated part of a temporary worker's left index finger at a subsidiary of Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. of Chicago on January 6, 2016, an incident that his employer might have prevented by meeting federal safety and health standards. MJR, a Boston...