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Food stamp use jumps to record rates in Illinois

In Illinois, the number of families in need of food assistance has jumped nearly 13 percent, creating  not just a political or economic issue, but a moral one.

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Congress passes major food safety bill

Food safety advocates hailed the Senate move as the most sweeping reform of food safety in decades prompted by an alarming rise in the numbers of people who die or suffer illness from contaminated food.

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Popcorn, pizza and poison

Chemists had been looking for the likely origin of certain chemicals that appear as contaminants in human blood. Apparently, they're from food packaging.

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Ariz. tea party candidate: No government regulation of salmonella

In Arizona, Republican candidate Jesse Kelley, for the U.S. House in the 8th District, has come out strongly in favor of salmonella outbreaks. He, like many Republicans denying the obvious need for better enforcement of health and food safety regulations, almost incredibly, espoused what amounts to "E-Coli conservatism" at a campaign rally hosted by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.

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Factory farms exposed in recall of half billion eggs

WASHINGTON---The recall of half a billion eggs blamed in a nationwide salmonella outbreak has pushed to the top of the Senate agenda enactment of a long-stalled bill to strengthen federal food safety enforcement.

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Study: Junk food addiction similar to crack-cocaine

It doesn't take neuroscience to figure out that eating too much junk food is probably not good for you. Or does it?

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Don’t eat that onion dip! FDA recall could balloon to biggest in history

Stop. Before you eat that honey mustard onion pretzel, did you know it could make you sick?

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Rally: Jobs crisis a life and death emergency

CHICAGO - Dozens of people rallied here at Federal Plaza today demanding that Congress act immediately to address the worst job crisis since the Great Depression.

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Black history event inspires activists to fight for equality

Black, brown and white unity has always been an important component in the struggle for African American equality.

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Desperate times in America: selling food stamps to pay bills

With high unemployment appearing to be a permanent part of the economic picture, the long-term poor are turning to increasingly desperate measures to survive.

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