Alert! : 97% of All Chicken Breasts Contain Harmful Bacteria

Well this is news from the USA which is known for and has advanced food safety standards. As per this report if it is penetrable in a such a higher level food safety surveillance of US, what about countries like India? Have you ever visited a retail chicken store in a rural town, where the majority of the country’s non-vegetarians buy chicken? Deeply concerned about food safety here…
chickenA new Consumer Reports study finds a disturbingly high statistic: 97% of the chicken breasts CR tested were found to harbor bacteria that could make you sick. That’s just three percent shy of all the chicken.

The report analyzed more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S., and found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the it. The staggering statistic also included organic brands, so foodies beware: a revised label and trendy buzzword does not a safe poultry make. The numbers came to light during an intensive investigation after the October news of a national salmonella outbreak linked to three Foster Farms chicken plants, which soon yielded troubling results for more than just the one company’s chicken product. In the case of the Foster Farms outbreak, nearly 390 people were infected, with 40% of them hospitalized in critical condition—double the percentage historically linked to salmonella outbreaks.

The news marks a particularly dark turn in what is widely considered America’s most popular meat. Consumer Reports estimates that Americans buy an average of 83 pounds of chicken per capita annually. Each year, nearly 2 million Americans fight antibiotic-resistant infection, with 23,000 succumbing to the virus. As a result, many are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to release new guidelines addressing antibiotic overuse in livestock.

48 million people fall sick each year from eating tainted food

The Consumer Reports test found bacteria in chicken purchased in markets in 26 states across the country. Additionally, the report found that almost none of the major brands were free of bacteria, more than half were tainted with fecal contaminants, about half of the samples tested positive for at least one multi-drug-resistant bacterium, and of the 65% of samples that tested positive for E. coli, nearly 18% featured particularly vicious strands of the disease that are known to heighten the probability of urinary-tract infection substantially higher.

While cooking chicken at specific temperatures does tend to kill bacteria if heat reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature may not be enough to eliminate risk of exposure, as bugs and disease may linger elsewhere on kitchen surfaces, faucets and utensils. Even worse, contaminated chicken can affect people not buying chicken when it lingers on shopping carts at the grocery stores.

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Courtesy and Source : www.consumerreports.org

6 thoughts on “Alert! : 97% of All Chicken Breasts Contain Harmful Bacteria

  1. And the USDA is currently approving new rules which will allow the processing lines to speed up even faster, increasing the chance for further contamination, injured line workers, and the inhumane slaughtering of chickens, in some cases where they are BOILED ALIVE. This is why I will be buying chicken from my local farmer’s market from now on, even though it costs more. It’s worth it.

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    • OMG! Where we people are heading towards? Even animals hunt another only when they feel hungry and they never act cruel in any way than the intention to survive. Food chain works that way.

      We are conscious beings behaving inhumane way is ridiculous! Thanks for your informative comment.

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  2. Reblogged this on centerlefty and commented:

    And the USDA is currently approving new rules which will allow the processing lines to speed up even faster, increasing the chance for further contamination, injured line workers, and the inhumane slaughtering of chickens, in some cases where they are BOILED ALIVE. This is why I will be buying chicken from my local farmer’s market from now on, even though it costs more. It’s worth it.

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