Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Questions and Answers
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After reading the excerpt from Chapter Five of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, do you think it should be required by the FDA that food flavoring and food coloring companies put all ingredients used in their flavoring and coloring agents on food labels? 

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Chapter Five of Eric Schlosser’s examination of the food processing and service industries, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, is titled “Why the Fries Taste Good.”  Within that chapter is a section titled “Food Product Design.”  If the goal of Schlosser’s discussion of the food additive industry is to spur public support for food labeling requirements imposed on industry by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to henceforth include the ingredients used in flavoring, then this section makes his case convincingly.  In so doing, he also points out the financial implications of any measures that could potentially sour the public on additional insights into what they routinely consume.  And Schlosser does emphasize the vast role the food processing industry maintains in the United States:

 “About 90 percent of the money that Americans spend on food is used to buy processed food. But the canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques used to process...

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