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Slices of beef are seen on a sandwich at The Outdoor Grill in Culver City, Los Angeles, California April 10, 2014. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

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Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat.

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