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ABC News reports that so-called “pink slime,” described as a “cheap meat filler” made from low-grade trimmings, “is in 70 percent of the ground beef sold at supermarkets and up to 25 percent of each American hamburger patty, by some estimates.”

The story also notes that “ABC News emailed the top 10 grocery chains in America. Only Publix, Costco, HEB and Whole Foods responded, saying they don’t use pink slime. No word yet from the rest.”

• ShopRite announced that it is teaming up with nearly 6,000 USDA partners to make today, March 8, “What’s on MyPlate?” Day. To heighten public awareness of the importance of choosing healthy foods, ShopRite says it is committed to promoting a diet that reflects the latest recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and highlights the message behind the new MyPlate food icon.

• The Associated Press reports that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo “are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label.

“The companies said the changes would be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They've already been made for drinks sold in California.”

The changes are designed to reduce the level of 4-methylimidazole, a chemical that the story says “can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods.”
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