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Fast Food Nation | Glossary


antitrust law: (n) regulation prohibiting business practices that restrain trade. Outlawed practices may include corporate mergers, price fixing, and actions designed to create business monopolies.

Cargill: (n) a meatpacking corporation

ConAgra: (n) a meatpacking corporation

corporation: (n) a company or group of people with the legal rights of an individual

E. coli O157:H7: (n) a toxic strain of E. coli bacteria found in the intestines of animals

FDA: (n) Food and Drug Administration, a U.S. government agency responsible for ensuring food safety

franchise: (n) license granted by a company to an individual to sell its products or services. The word can also refer to the store or business selling these services.

High Plains: (n) a region of the United States located in the southern portion of the Great Plains (may include areas of Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma)

IBP: (n) Iowa Beef Packers, a meatpacking corporation

IFF: (n) International Flavors & Fragrances, a corporation that produces artificial flavors for foods and other products

libel: (n) a written and published false statement damaging a person's reputation

lobby: (v) to influence a politician on a legislative issue

mad cow: (n) a term for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a fatal disease attacking the nervous system in cattle. Humans can contract a variant of the disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

OSHA: (n) Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a U.S. government agency responsible for ensuring worker safety

salmonella: (n) a toxic bacteria found in eggs, meat, and poultry

synergy: (n) the cooperation of two or more agents to achieve a greater result (it can refer to a combined effort on the part of two businesses)

trust: (n) a business organization similar to a corporation in which members manage and control assets

union: (n) an organization representing the rights and collective interests of workers in a trade; also known as a labor union

USDA: (n) United States Department of Agriculture

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