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Fast Food Facts
 Americans now eat about 13 billion hamburgers a year. If you put all those burgers in a straight line, they would circle the earth more than 32 times.

 About one out of every eight American workers has at some point received a paycheck from McDonalds.

 Americans currently spend about $134 billion dollars per year on fast food ---more than they spend on college education, computers, software, or new cars.

 There are approximately 3.5 million fast-food workers in the United States, the largest group of minimum wage-earners in the country

 The typical American child sees 20,000 junk food ads a year

 Almost one out of every three toys that an American child receives every year comes from a fast food restaurant

 One out of every five American toddlers eats french fries every day

 Four major meatpacking firms slaughter nearly 85% of the nation's cattle, and the majority of the nation's beef comes from thirteen large slaughterhouses

 Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In 2001, the rate of serious injury was three times higher than that in a typical American factory

 In 2003 the Bush administration changed the way injuries are counted in the meatpacking industry – and instantly, the injury rate dropped by 50 percent

 Every year about 76 million Americans are sickened by something they ate

 At a modern processing plant, a single cow or steer infected with E:coli O157:H7 can contaminate 32,000 pounds of meat

 A typical fast food hamburger patty can contain pieces of hundreds, if not thousands of cattle

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