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Agence France-Presse reports that a new study suggests that the Mediterranean diet - which consists mainly of are olive oil, fish, grains, fruit, nuts, vegetables, and red wine, and is believed to be good for the cardiovascular system – also may help prevent diabetes.

• The Associated Press reports that the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) spent $1.4 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2008, working to influence government policy on food safety, credit card interchange fees, and other retail issues. The expense report was filed with the House of Representatives clerk’s office.

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