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  • Since 1997, FDA has operated under a proposed rule that allows food manufacturers to get new food additives onto the market by notifying FDA that they are generally recognized as safe. In February, the non-profit Center for Food Safety sued FDA, alleging that the agency failed to follow legal rulemaking requirements. "For more than 17 years, FDA has imposed a lax...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 46 or 1.0 percent, to $46.51. DuPont Co. rose$. 83 or 1.2 percent, to $67.81.

  • Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011, claiming it illegally refused to...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 34 or. 7 percent, to $46.39. DuPont Co. rose$. 35 or. 5 percent, to $67.33.

  • Platform Specialty to buy Arysta for $3.51 billion Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Platform Specialty Products Corp. said Monday that it will spend about $3.51 billion to buy rival chemical maker Arysta LifeScience Ltd. to diversify its product offerings. Miami- based Platform makes specialty chemicals used in computers, cars and oil rigs. Shares of Platform rose 76 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $25.05 in morning trading Monday.

  • Oct 20- Specialty chemicals company Platform Specialty Products Corp said it will buy rival Arysta LifeScience Ltd from a company backed by private equity firm Permira for about $3.51 billion. The company said it expects the deal to immediately add to adjusted earnings per share. The deal is expected to be "highly complementary" to Platform's crop protection...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.29 or 2.9 percent, to $46.05. DuPont Co. rose$. 75 or 1.1 percent, to $66.98.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.15 or 2.6 percent, to $45.91. DuPont Co. rose$. 99 or 1.5 percent, to $67.22.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.34 or 3.0 percent, to $46.10. DuPont Co. rose$. 62 or. 9 percent, to $66.85.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 67 or 1.5 percent, to $44.76. DuPont Co. fell$. 20 or. 3 percent, to $66.23.

  • Oct 16- U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines. Reductions in fertilizer use of an estimated 10 to 50 percent by volume could hit profits of producers such as Potash...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 54 or 1.2 percent, to $44.63. DuPont Co. fell$. 18 or. 3 percent, to $66.25.

  • BASF sells textile chemicals business to Archroma Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    BERLIN— Chemical and oil company BASF SE says it is selling its textile chemicals business to Swiss-based Archroma for an undisclosed amount. BASF, headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany, said Thursday that the deal requires antitrust approval and is expected to close in next year's first quarter. The president of BASF's performance chemicals division, Hans...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 47 or 1.1 percent, to $43.62. DuPont Co. fell$. 13 or. 2 percent, to $66.30.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $44.09. DuPont Co. rose$. 55 or. 8 percent, to $66.43.

  • The herbicide is approved immediately for use in six states, and the EPA is evaluating expansion to additional states. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization that is evaluating legal action to try to stop the commercialization of Enlist Duo. Loarie said EPA also failed to fully...

  • In announcing the decision, EPA said it had thoroughly evaluated the risks, including those for endangered species, that come with what is expected to be a large increase in the use of the chemical agent 2,4- D, which is an active ingredient of Enlist Duo. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell $1.86 or 4.2 percent, to $42.07. DuPont Co. fell$. 66 or 1.0 percent, to $65.22.

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."