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Column: Pad the bottom line, gouge the customer

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Mothers the world over have told their children a zillion times: "Stop playing with your food!"

I now share their frustration. I'd like to yell at the conglomerate packagers of America's victuals: "Stop playing with our food!"

Actually, they're playing with our heads, using dishonest packaging tactics to raise their prices without us noticing it.

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