Dirty Birds: Chicken is Full of Bacteria

A particularly disgusting survey by Consumer Reports claims that their “analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought nationwide revealed that 83 percent harbored campylobacter or salmonella, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease.” Ew! Cheaper birds weren’t more likely to have bacteria, “Overall, chickens labeled as organic or raised without antibiotics and costing $3 to $5 per pound were more likely to harbor salmonella than were conventionally produced broilers that cost more like $1 per pound.” Birds also harbored antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. “Twenty percent of campylobacter samples were resistant to ciprofloxacin (Cipro)” So that’s awesome news.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

•To kill harmful bacteria, cook chicken to at least 165

•Don’t use plates and knives that have touched raw chicken.
•Store chicken at 40 degrees or below.
•Freeze chicken that you won’t be using right away

More at Consumer Report’s website —MEGHANN MARCO

Dirty Birds [Consumer Reports]


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  1. homerjay says:

    Thats all good and well, but I think the most important thing that most people don’t do is be careful of where that chicken is going and touching and sitting before it hits the broiler.
    Watch enough Alton Brown and you’ll soon realize that most people don’t clean up after their chicken prep properly. When you open that chicken wrapping, that bacteria goo goes everywhere.

  2. dibbers75 says:

    Ummm, think I want to go to KFC and order me up an 8 piece now. Nah, scratch that idea….that food is probably more contaminated than a hard-frozen bird out of your grocer’s meat freezer.

    Here’s a tip…..just cook the hell outta that bird when the time comes. You should have nothing to worry about, it’s not like you dropped it on the floor, disregarded the 10 second rule, picked it up and continued to eat it.

  3. Musician78 says:

    I have never done that. (Picked food up and continued to eat it.)

  4. formergr says:

    In other news, flu patients are full of viruses.