*Bad news chicken lovers. The only thing “safe” about the chicken in your freezer right now is the word safe. Apparently, after a nonprofit organization tested 300 samples of store-bought chicken breasts, they found that 97 percent have dangerous bacteria.
You heard right, 97 percent!
Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are said to lurk in just about all supermarket chicken according to an investigation by Consumer Reports.
The organization found that most chicken harbors at least one of six types of illness-inducing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Over half contained fecal contaminants, most commonly enterococcus. And didn’t you think that if it said “organic” or “antibiotic-free” that made it even safer?
Those labels were also included in the test, and they showed no significant difference in bacteria from conventional samples. In fact, there was little difference in bacteria content between any of the brands or types of chicken tested.
Was this the deal-breaker you were looking for as you lean closer to a vegetarian lifestyle?
“It’s unrealistic to expect that the uncooked chicken you buy won’t contain any potentially harmful bacteria,” the report acknowledges. “At the moment,” added Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., toxicologist and executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center, “the only way to protect yourself from becoming sick is to remain vigilant about safe handling and cooking.”
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