Fast Food Nation


Eric Schlosser

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David Theno Character Analysis

Hired by Jack in the Box to make food safer after an E. coli outbreak in the 1990s, David Theno advocates a series of small reforms in the meatpacking process and by workers in fast-food restaurants, in order to ensure that beef is clean and is prepared at temperatures high enough to burn off disease-causing pathogens.
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David Theno Character Timeline in Fast Food Nation

The timeline below shows where the character David Theno appears in Fast Food Nation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: What’s in the Meat
Diet, Nutrition, and Food Safety Theme Icon
Greed, Corporations, and “The Bottom Line” Theme Icon
Independence vs. the Social Contract Theme Icon
Bureaucracy and Complex Systems Theme Icon
Work and “The Good Life” Theme Icon made, even within a system where government oversight of factory-farm meat production is minimal. David Theno , hired by Jack in the Box in the wake of the 1993 E. coli... (full context)