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PepsiCo believes cutting sugar and salt will boost profits

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WASHINGTON — US soft drink and snacks giant PepsiCo unveiled plans Monday to cut sugar, fat and sodium in its products as part of a broad initiative to address health, nutrition and environmental concerns.

“We believe that a healthier future for all people and our planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo,” said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer.

“These commitments are shared by all of our businesses and reflect our focus on profitable, long-term growth and will guide us as we continue to build a portfolio of enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages for consumers around the world.”

Among the plans “to encourage people to live healthier lives,” PepisCo said it would reduce the average sodium per serving in key global food brands in key markets by 25 percent by 2015; cut saturated fat by 15 percent by 2020; and reduce average added sugar in its drinks 25 percent by 2020.

PepsiCo, which calls itself the world’s second largest food and beverage company, said it also would “eliminate the direct sale of full-sugar soft drinks to primary and secondary schools around the globe by 2012.”

The maker of soft drinks including Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade and Frito-Lay brand snacks also will expand “corporate contribution initiatives to promote healthier communities, including enhancing diet and physical activity programs” and “invest in business and research and development to expand offerings of more affordable, nutritionally relevant products for underserved and lower-income communities.”

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Additionally, the company will work to increase access to safe water in developing countries, reduce packaging weight and greenhouse gas emissions.

The move comes with politicians and activist groups pressing for a so-called fat tax on the soft drinks industry, based on the argument that sweet beverages are responsible for an upsurge of obesity in the United States.

Proponents of the tax say that soft drinks should be treated like tobacco so that the government can effectively price people away from their bad habits. The soda industry dismisses the cigarettes parallel and has lobbied hard — successfully so far — against the levy.

Earlier this month, leading companies, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, joined former president Bill Clinton in announcing the results of an initiative they said had reduced by 88 percent the number of drinks calories in US schools since 2004.

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Fox’s Shep Smith unloads on Mike Pence for defending the squalor at Trump’s migrant camps — and compares it to a war crime

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Fox News host Shepard Smith on Monday blasted the Trump administration for arguing that migrant children did not need to have access to soap and toothbrushes.

The Fox News host noted that Vice President Mike Pence was questioned on Sunday about the lack of basic amenities at detention facilities holding migrant children.

Pence did not answer the question, Smith said.

"Just last week, a Justice Department attorney argued that they don’t necessarily need to provide migrant children with soap and toothbrushes for them to be safe and sanitary. Soap and toothbrushes not necessary for safe and sanitary conditions," he remarked, before showing a clip of the lawyer in federal court.

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Restaurant refuses to act as food and slurs are hurled at Black couple

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A trip to a suburban Detroit restaurant ended with a couple having food and the N-word thrown at them, according to a WJBK report cited by The Grio.

Jerrick Jefferson told local reporters that a customer hurled the slur at him and his wife while visiting the J. Alexander restaurant in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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