YOU SICK!

Many people have been switching from red meat to chicken, believing chicken to be a healthier alternative. However, chicken is far from being a healthy food! In addition to fat and cholesterol in chicken, food poisoning is a major problem.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of cases in outbreaks of illness caused by chicken tripled between 1988 and 1992. Poultry is specifically identified as a major source of Campylobacter jejuni or coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture seal, which certifies a chicken as free from visible signs of disease, is no guarantee of cleanliness and health!Recently (May 23, 2002), the British newspaper GUARDIAN reported that cow proteins were found in chicken breast fillets.

Thirty samples were tested. Seventeen of those samples of chicken breast meat contained DNA from mammals, including cows and pigs. In 2001, 13 billion pounds of dead cow parts were fed to America’s chickens as food. If your dead chicken is purchased from a supermarket or from a Kentucky Fried restaurant, then you cannot be sure what went into that bird’s body. Most raw chicken on grocery store shelves is contaminated with at least some fecal bacteria. Most of these bacteria — many of which can make people sick — showed resistance to antibiotics commonly used to treat human illness.