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How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

They are contributing to health problems and foiling laws to remedy dietary impact of processed food

Of the 800 products that Nestlé says are available through its vendors, Ms da Silva (with her daughter) says her customers are mostly interested in only about two dozen of them, virtually all sugar- sweetened items such as Kit-Kats.

Fortaleza, Brazil

CELENE da Silva, 29, is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé, helping the world's largest packaged food conglomerate expand its reach into a quarter-million households in Brazil's farthest-flung corners.

As she...

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