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In this photo illustration, a pack of Lunchables is displayed on Wednesday in San Anselmo, Calif. Consumer Reports is asking for the Department of Agriculture to eliminate Lunchables food kits from the National School Lunch Program after finding high levels of lead, sodium and cadmium in tested kits. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The first Amazon Fresh grocery store in London opened in 2021. The company is replacing its "Just Walk Out" technology at U.S. stores with smart shopping carts, but leaving it in the U.K. Leon Neal/Getty Images hide caption

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Cases of eggs from Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., await to be handed out by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce employees at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Miss., on Aug. 7, 2020. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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New Jersey is known as the diner capital of the world. But over the past decade, around 150 diners have closed in the state. The ones that remain have made big changes to survive. Peter Sedereas hide caption

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New Jersey diners adapt to survive in state dubbed 'diner capital of the world'

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Fast-food workers rally for health and safety protections near a McDonald's in Los Angeles, in 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Half a million California workers will get $20 minimum wage, starting today

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Dairy cattle feed at a farm on March 31, 2017, near Vado, N.M. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cows in multiple states have tested positive for bird flu. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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A person in Texas caught bird flu after exposure to cows that were thought to be ill

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Signature dishes of restaurant Evett. Jun Michael Park for NPR hide caption

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Korean food gets a Michelin-starred makeover in Seoul restaurants

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Palestinian people with empty bowls wait for food at a donation point in Rafah. A report out this week shows widespread hunger and malnutrition in Gaza but stopped short of declaring it a "famine." Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images hide caption

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Ultra-processed foods contain substances you wouldn't find in your own kitchen, like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor and color enhancers, anti-caking agents and emulsifiers. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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From anxiety to cancer, the evidence against ultra-processed food piles up

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Captain Morgan, one of the largest rum brands in the world, operates a mega-distillery in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And this distillery is at the heart of a years-long billion-dollar conflict known as The Rum Wars. James Sneed/NPR hide caption

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Students finish their lunch at Lowell Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M., on Aug. 22, 2023. A legislative proposal would ban six artificial food dyes in California schools. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP hide caption

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Chef Jojo Vasquez in the open kitchen of FOND – a Neighborhood Eatery, in west Maui. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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A Maui chef's lifeline: his restaurant as the island recovers from Lahaina wildfires

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Ibrahim Abu Hani, head baker and co-owner of Batool Cakes, a family business in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. Anas Baba for NPR hide caption

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Cake in the time of war, in Gaza

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Taiwan is looking to further restrict which seeds and saplings can be brought out of the island after accusing China of taking a pineapple cultivar developed in Taiwan. Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The latest thorn in Taiwan-China tensions: pineapples

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This combination of photos provided by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday shows cinnamon products sold in U.S. discount stores which contain elevated levels of lead. U.S. Food and Drug Administration via AP hide caption

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