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McCormick, the world's largest herb and spice company, is investing in research to find the health benefits of their products. "The basic question we're looking at is whether herbs and spices at culinary levels have health benefits," said Guy Johnson, executive director for McCormick's Science institute. Conflict of interest? Perhaps, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tainted produce is more likely to find its way into the kitchens of the poor, according to a study to be published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. "The food may be of poorer quality to begin with; then it may be transported to the stores and not be refrigerated properly," said Jennifer Quinlan, a professor of nutrition and biology at Drexel University. "Large supermarkets have entire units focused on food safety, refrigeration, sanitation. While a small facility with only one or two people may not have the resources."

North Carolina preacher combines ministering to the downtrodden, job training, and preserving the state's barbecue legacy. Refrain from making soul food puns. The Charlotte Observer has plenty.

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