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What's Inside The 26-Ingredient School Lunch Burger?

Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride are just a few of the hard-to-pronounce ingredients in a typical school lunch burger. But some schools are phasing processed food out and are bringing scratch cooking back to their kitchens.
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Beef, Tarantula And Gout: Food Critics Suffer, Too

Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni recently revealed he has gout. It's hard for most of us to feel too sorry for people who get paid to eat free meals at posh restaurants, but food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.
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Keeping Kosher in Washington

The easy part: avoiding cheeseburgers, pork chops, and lobster. The hard part: dining out with friends at a sit down kosher restaurant. We look at what Kosher is, what it isn't, why the rules get more complicated at Passover, and why they matter to anyone who isn't Jewish.

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Is That A Crushed Bug In Your Frothy Starbucks Drink?

Cochineal is a red dye made from a crushed insect native to Latin America. Some vegetarians are distressed that Starbucks uses the dye in some of its pink-colored food and beverages.
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The Economic Impact Of Killing 'Pink Slime'

"Pink slime" has been all over the news recently. Now the fear over the so called slime is beginning to have economic effects. This week Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, temporarily closed down a total of three meat processing plants in Kansas, Texas and Iowa. The social media backlash over the processed meat may end its use, which could mean a lot of lost jobs. So the governors of those states are doing damage control. On Thursday they toured the only BPI factory still open, in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
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Watch The Wire: How Your Grill Brush Could Make You Sick

Between May 2009 and November 2010, Rhode Island Hospital admitted six patients to its emergency room after they accidentally ingested small wire bristles from the metal brushes used to clean the grill.

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