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(US) NYT: 48% of Chicken in Small Sample Has E. Coli

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  • MaryFinelli@Comcast.net
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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2012
      > A recent test of packaged raw chicken products bought at grocery
      > stores across the country found that roughly half of them were
      > contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.
      > E. coli, which the study said was an indicator of fecal contamination,
      > was found in 48 percent of 120 chicken products bought in 10 major
      > cities by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a
      > nonprofit group that advocates a vegetarian diet among other things.
      > The study results were released Wednesday.
      > “Most consumers do not realize that feces are in the chicken products
      > they purchase,” said Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the group.
      > “Food labels discuss contamination as if it is simply the presence of
      > bacteria, but people need to know that it means much more than that.”
      > Food safety specialists said the findings were a tempest in a chicken
      > coop, particularly because the test was so small and the E. coli found
      > was not a kind that threatened public health.
      > “What’s surprising to me is that they didn’t find more,” said Dr.
      > Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the
      > University of Georgia. “Poop gets into your food, and not just into
      > meat — produce is grown in soil fertilized with manure, and there’s E.
      > coli in that, too.”
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      > full story:
      > http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/health/in-small-sample-e-coli-found-in-48-of-chicken-in-stores.html
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