Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Chapter 9 Summary

Eric Schlosser

Chapter 9 Summary

What’s in the Meat

Almost 200,000 Americans get sick each day from food-borne diseases; of those, 900 are hospitalized and 14 die. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one quarter of all Americans suffer from food poisoning every year, and most go unreported or undiagnosed. The number of these illnesses is on the rise, and the effects are much more long lasting than the typical symptoms of diarrhea or intestinal discomfort. Although smaller, more local outbreaks still occur, the centralization of food production is largely responsible for most food contamination. Viruses such as E. coli have been identified, but many other food-borne pathogens have yet to be identified. A 1998 study...

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