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• In New Orleans, the Times Picayune reports that the United Fresh Produce Association has donated salad bars to 32 schools around the city, part of the association’s broader fund raising push that is designed to “provide salad bars for 6,000 schools across the U.S. over the next three years.”

As the paper notes, “a 2007 study by the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality pegged the obesity rate among children age 10 though 17 at 36 percent in Louisiana, compared with a national average of 31 percent. Only five other states had a higher rate.”

Reuters reports that “Ralcorp Holdings Inc said on Sunday that its board of directors rejected the unsolicited proposal it received from a third party in March, after a media report that ConAgra Foods Inc had bid for the private-label food maker ... On Friday, cable television channel CNBC reported that ConAgra had made an unsolicited bid for St Louis-based Ralcorp and that talks were ‘no longer ongoing’.”
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