Fecal Contamination on Retail Chicken Products in the Buffalo, N.Y., Area
“Nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) purchased chicken products—wings, breasts, thighs, and legs—from 10 retail stores in the Buffalo, N.Y., area, and sent them to an independent analytical testing laboratory in Chicago. The lab found 63 out of 100 packages of chicken tested positive for generic E. coli, evidence of fecal contamination. Even skinless chicken breasts, thought by some to be a more healthful choice, showed a high rate of contamination. The feces typically contaminate the birds in the slaughter process and are not removed prior to sale.
PCRM surveyed more than 300 Buffalo residents in August to determine if they were aware that feces could be found on chicken products. Sixty-two percent of Buffalo residents did not know that feces are commonly found in store-bought chicken products.
Brands tested include generic store brands, like Dash’s Market and Save-A-Lot, in addition to popular labels, such as Tyson and Perdue. The results of the independent lab tests were as follows…” [More] –>> If link doesn’t work copy and paste this link in to your address bar: http://pcrm.org/media/news/billboard-buffalo-ny-chicken-feces