Beef on display at a new Wal-Mart store in Chicago. The retailer announced it will offer consumers meat that does not contain lean finely textured beef. John Gress/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will give schools alternatives to ground beef made with what critics have called "pink slime." mcnsonbrg@yahoo.com/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Coca-Cola says the caramel coloring in its signature soda has always been safe. OmerSukruGoksu/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011. USDA hide caption

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A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Chicago. Jim Young/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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