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Published December 05, 2009, 12:00 AM

Salmonella found in most chickens sold in stores

According to a survey by a consumer organization, most chickens sold in U.S. stores carry salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease.

By: Special Features Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

According to a survey by a consumer organization, most chickens sold in U.S. stores carry salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease.

The survey report will appear in the January 2010 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine, and describes how an analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought at stores throughout the U.S. showed that two-thirds contained salmonella and/or campylobacter.

Consumer Reports bought 382 chickens from over 100 supermarkets, mass merchandisers, gourmet and natural food stores in 22 states, and had them analyzed by outside labs.

Altogether they tested three top brands (Foster Farms, Perdue, and Tyson), 30 nonorganic store brands, nine organic store brands, and nine organic name brands. Five of the organic name brands were labelled as “air chilled,“ a slaughterhouse process that refrigerates and mists carcasses instead of dunking them in cold chlorinated water, they told the press.

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