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Book: Fast food nation

Fast food nation by Eric Schlosser starts off with a humble street stand, and works its way through the histories of the fast food giants.

One of the more interesting facts is the contamination rates found at various meat processing plants by the USDA (which as Animal Factory points out is not exactly known for its vigilance at finding contamination). 53% clostridium perfringens, 30% staphylococcus , 11% listeria, and 7.5% salmonella (p. 197). This is of course why they treat these otherwise contaminated product with ammonium hydroxide (see news on this). And why burgers need to be fully cooked, not pink inside.

I think anyone who eats fast food, or even any supermarket purchased meat, should read this book.

My rating: 8/10

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  1. Book: Animal factory – mbells linked to this post on 2012.Sep.10

    […] book is far more conprehensive than Fast food nation, which i reviewed earlier. It extends the audience to everyone, not just those who eat fast […]

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