By VICTOR E. SASSON
An investigation by Consumer Reports magazine led to a startling conclusion:
“Ninety-seven percent of the [chicken] breasts we tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick.”
“Consumer Reports’ recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S. found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the chicken, including organic brands.”
Chicken can kill
The magazine’s February 2014 issue reports “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity,” according to an analysis of outbreaks from 1998 through 2008 by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A total of 48 million people fall sick each year from eating tainted food.
Go drug free
“Still, there are good reasons for selecting chicken raised without the use of antibiotics,” the magazine advises, adding:
“Buying those products supports farmers who keep their chickens off unnecessary drugs, and that’s good for your health and preserves the effectiveness of antibiotics.
“‘Chickens without antibiotic resistance to salmonella and other dangerous pathogens can’t pass antibiotic-resistant bugs onto you,’ says Dr. Robert Lawrence, a professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”