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USDA To Give Schools More Ground Beef Choices After Outcry Over 'Pink Slime'

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it believes beef trimmings known officially as "Lean Finely Textured Beef" are safe to eat. Nonetheless, it announced that due to "customer demand" it will give schools the chance to opt out of it in the next school year.
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In France, Politicians Make Halal Meat A Campaign Issue

France may be in the middle of an economic crisis, but politicians seem more interested in talking about halal meat and religious dietary rules. It all began when National Front Party presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that non-Muslims in Paris were unwittingly eating halal meat.
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Fish And Spices Top List of Imported Foods That Make Us Sick

Outbreaks caused by imported foods are up — and so is the amount of imported food that Americans eat. Fish and spices are the biggest culprits. That's according to new data from the CDC.
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'Foodistan' Takes India-Pakistan Rivalry To The Kitchen

The cooking show, which will have its semi-finals next week, pits Indian chefs against Pakistani chefs. It exploits the long rivalry between the two countries — something that has rarely been a joking matter.
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North Dakota Food Writer Shows Why It's OK To Like The Olive Garden

Marilyn Hagerty's review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., sparked snarky comments from big-city food bloggers. But she's got the last laugh. The 85-year-old grandmother is off to New York City to report on dining options there.

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