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02/24/2014 12:00 am ET Updated Apr 01, 2014
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

10 Facts About Food Regulation The Government Hopes You Won't Notice

Americans put a lot of faith in the government when it comes to food regulation. We trust that our meat is pathogen-free, and that raw fruits and vegetables won't make us sick. We tend to believe that something labeled "all-natural" comes from a small farm that uses no chemicals. And we tell ourselves that the FDA and USDA would never pull the wool over our eyes if something were amiss.

Unfortunately, food laws are significantly more complicated than that. Below are some shocking facts that will make you think twice about the safety of our food system.

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Shocking Food Facts
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Shocking Food Facts

Clarification: Slide 8 of the above slideshow has been edited to reflect that foods can bear a "zero trans fats" label, as opposed to "no trans fats."

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