Is Poultry Safe?

Food safety is an extremely important topic. People want to know that what they are eating (and what they’re feeding their families) is healthy and free of bacteria that can cause illness. Chicken is a favorite meat in the United States, and U.S. poultry producers have been working hard to ensure that it is safe to eat. In fact, a recent test conducted on chicken that has been processed for humans shows that only a small percentage of bacteria on it – and that small percentage is well within USDA targets.

Although progress has been made in recent years in regards to handling meat and reducing the amount of salmonella infections, there’s always room to improve in the future. The government and the trade associations within the poultry industry don’t always see eye to eye on what is considered safe for humans. Unfortunately, there are still strains of certain types of bacteria that are thought to be “superbugs” on chicken breasts. And although salmonella bacteria has been reduced by 55% in recent years, it is still a reality.

Americans eat more chicken than almost any other type of meat. Many people eat it as a healthier alternative to beef or other types of meat. A skinless, boneless chicken breast is the staple of many common healthy diets. There’s very little fat and a decent amount of protein in chicken. Plus it can be adapted to almost any type of recipe and is very easy to cook.

Many people have decided that eating organic chicken is the way to go. There’s a movement for less drug use, including less antibiotics. Many farmers or processors inject antibiotics or other substances in the chickens to enlarge them or to ensure their health. However, the pro-organic people say that there’s another option – simply keep the chickens in a healthy environment. This includes avoiding overcrowding and not feeding them drugs to make them more plump – which brings farmers more money. It is a concept that more people are starting to subscribe to, as the chemicals that we typically see in our foods are often known to be associated with some serious illnesses – including cancer, allergies, and serious hormonal changes.

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