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    Pale Jenova, kurt

    Why is pizza so profitable? Because of corporate welfare. We pay for the cheese and the pork in the pepperoni and sausage:

    While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales

    But in a series of confidential agreements approved by agriculture secretaries in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Dairy Management has worked with restaurants to expand their menus with cheese-laden products.

    Consider the Taco Bell steak quesadilla, with cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella and a creamy sauce. “The item used an average of eight times more cheese than other items on their menu,” the Agriculture Department said in a report, extolling Dairy Management’s work — without mentioning that the quesadilla has more than three-quarters of the daily recommended level of saturated fat and sodium.

    In 2007, the department highlighted Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bites pizza, Wendy’s “dual Double Melt sandwich concept,” and Burger King’s Cheesy Angus Bacon cheeseburger and TenderCrisp chicken sandwich. “Both featured two slices of American cheese, a slice of pepper jack and a cheesy sauce,” the department said.

    These efforts, the department reported, helped generate a “cheese sales growth of nearly 30 million pounds.”

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    by dhonig on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:01:16 AM PDT

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