According to a new analysis from Consumer Reports, nearly all chicken (97 percent tested) is tainted with harmful bacteria, and then some.
“Our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested, from stores across the country. Our test results found that 49.7 percent of our samples contained at least one multidrug-resistant bacterium, and 11.5 percent had at least two. (Multidrug-resistant bacteria are defined as those that are resistant to three or more classes of drugs that they would normally be susceptible to”…”The bacteria we found were significantly more resistant to classes of antibiotics approved by the FDA for chicken production than for those not approved for such use.”
The research is a firm reminder that everything you purchase in the grocery store should be treated with care, as if it is contaminated. If you insist on purchasing chicken, make sure you are cooking it correctly and taking care that it not touch other surfaces in your kitchen until it is fully cooked. Also, to avoid meat that’s been treated with antibiotics, seek out organic chicken or develop a relationship with a local farmer.