Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Organic Chicken Not As Safe As We Might Think

More organic chickens contain a food poisoning bug then factory farmed poultry, according to a television investigation. When scientists tested 46 organic birds they found about 80% contained the most common bacteria that causes food poisoning, campylobacter. This compares to the 70 per cent of factory farmed chickens that Government tests showed carry the bug.

Professor Martin Blaser, head of medicine at New York Medical school and an expert on the bacteria, told the programme: "I think it's important to educate the public that organic chicken is not free of bacteria and it's not free of campylobacter and it has to be prepared in exactly the same safe ways that non organic chicken is."

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