(US) NYT: 48% of Chicken in Small Sample Has E. Coli
> A recent test of packaged raw chicken products bought at grocery[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> 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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