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explanation. The times are changing.
Aside from a brief mention on page 202, Fast Food Nation did not address mad cow disease or its implications. When I started working on
the book a few years ago, the threat of BSE in the United States seemed largely hypothetical. E. coli 0157:H7, on the other hand, was
sickening tens of thousands of Americans every year. Those illnesses were often linked to the consumption of tainted ground beef, and the
meatpacking industry’s refusal to deal effectively with the problem of fecal contamination seemed a good example of the weaknesses in
America’s food safety system. The harms caused by E. coli 0157:H7 have not diminished since the publication of Fast Food Nation. But mad
cow disease now poses an even greater potential threat to anyone who loves hamburgers — and to the companies that sell them. Among
other things, this afterword provides a brief account of the risks that BSE may pose, the government efforts to reduce those risks, and the
remarkable power that the major fast food ch...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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