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FOES TRY TO BURY HATCHET FOR SAKE OF PASTA PROFITS

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Like penne not quite "al dente," it's too soon to declare peace in the world's pasta wars.

But the combatants sat down together at the table - eating gnocchetti with pesto, fusilli with zucchini, peppers and eggplant, and orecchiette with broccoli.With such complaints as unfair subsidies and pasta dumping pushed to the side, at least temporarily, delegates at the First World Pasta Congress this week decided to knead together a strategy to increase the product's consumption worldwide.

"There are enough consumers around so we shouldn't have to fight over it," said one of the 600 delegates, Marvin E. Winston, whose New Jersey laboratory helps pasta-makers decipher the formulas of rival companies.

Since the 1970s, relations in the pasta business have often been hotter than spicy penne "arrabbiate."

U.S. pasta-makers have been angered over European Union subsidies, which sometimes made Ital-ian pasta cheaper than American brands on U.S. grocery shelves.