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The McDonald's franchise and the leader in fast food America

There are many Congressional Hearings on fast food and health.


Reader's Guide

Historic magazines & newspapers


  • Reader's Guide
  • Life
  • Time
  • Caloric intake from fast food among adults : United States, 2007-2010 / Cheryl D. Fryar and R. Bethene Ervin Hyattsville, MD : U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 2013. Available online Permanent link   http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo41817
  • Fast food, full service restaurant, and supermarket industries youth employment compliance survey [electronic resource]. Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, 2008. online
  • The power of choice [kit] : helping youth make healthy eating and fitness decisions / Team Nutrition ; U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Alexandra, Va. : U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Food and Nutrition Service, 2010, 2003.  STLib Fed Docs A 98.2:H 34/4/PACK   
  • Study of McDonald's corporate responsibility at Los Angeles's LAX Airport [electronic resource] - OLR research report ; 2003-R-0014  
  • Our History :: McDonalds.com  bhttp://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CEYQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcdonalds.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Four_story%2Four_history.html&ei=84LwVMnAIIm_ggTBx4II&usg=AFQjCNFUNyuhHBMnhbOwfXCTQU8zZKuY3w&sig2=lZL0PT5Rx3kAgRz4FvWw_Q&bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY

  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has quite a bit on McDonald's.  NLRB Office of the General Counsel Authorizes Complaints Against McDonald's Franchisees and Determines McDonald's, USA, LLC is a Joint Employer.  McDonald's Fact Sheet.  http://www.nlrb.gov/

  • The Voice of America also has information.  Example: McDonald's Takes Down Controversial Employee Website

  • Smithsonian Magazine. smithsonian.com March 1, 2013, By K. Annabelle Smith.  The Fishy History of the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwich. How a struggling entrepreneur in Ohio saved his burger business during Lent and changed the McDonald's menu for good.  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-fishy-history-of-the-mcdonalds-filet-o-fish-sandwich-2912/

  • Pelman v McDonalds SDNY. United States District Court Southern District of New York.  http://biotech.law.lsu.edu/cases/food/Pelman_v_McDonalds_SDNY.pdf

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