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8/16/2018

Kao has purchased Ohio-based Washing Systems LLC at an unreported price, a move that will help its North American expansion. Washing Systems creates eco-friendly detergents.

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8/16/2018

The Food and Drug Administration allows food service companies to reuse wiping towels within certain guidelines, but the methods don't always eliminate bacteria, writes Hal King, Public Health Innovations' president and CEO. Improvements include proper storage and single-use wiping towels and disposable wipes.

8/16/2018

Atomized bleach solution, ethanol and TEG delivered through a misting device eliminated 100% of multiple bacteria strains on surfaces, according to a study. The device has the potential to deliver medicine through inhalers, too, researchers say.

8/16/2018

The American Chemistry Council, 3M and other organizations are backing Circulate Capital, a company that will invest in companies fighting marine debris. "Circulate Capital is the type of active engagement we need to accelerate the implementation of waste management systems with effective recycling processes that keep plastics waste out of the ocean," says Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics Business President Diego Donoso.

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Forbes
8/16/2018

The EU and US are two of several places where regulators are reviewing Praxair and Linde's proposed merger. The companies face an Oct. 24 deadline.

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8/16/2018

Bayer will begin integrating Monsanto into its operations after closing the sale of assets to BASF. Bayer finalized its takeover of Monsanto in June.

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8/15/2018

Chinese tariffs affecting $60 billion of US products are expected to affect baked goods, chocolate, cocoa oil, cocoa butter and salted beef, among other products, as retaliation for the Trump administration's 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products. China will levy tariffs against flax seed and palm nuts at rates of 20% and 10%, respectively.

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8/15/2018

University of Toronto researchers have discovered that applying cooking oil to stainless steel surfaces can repel foodborne bacteria, reducing the risk of cross-contamination during food processing, according to a study published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. The study only looked at the effect in laboratory conditions.

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8/15/2018

Borregaard says its SenseFi product was created by converting raw wood materials into a substance that can mimic the texture, thickness and stabilization of fat in cosmetics and food, including beverages, fillings and dairy products. "Due to SenseFi's colloidal nature, SenseFi's particles disperse in water and are not soluble in water, like soluble hydrocolloids," says Per Ivar Heier of Borregaard.

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8/15/2018

The American Chemistry Council says it supports Environmental Protection Agency efforts "to ensure risk evaluation of asbestos is scientifically accurate and continues to be protective of worker and environmental health."