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Consumer Reports shines a sickening light on America's most popular meat. By Rod BastanmehrAlterNet

A new Consumer Reports study finds a disturbingly high statistic: 97% of the chicken breasts CR tested were found to harbor bacteria that could make you sick. That's just three percent shy of all the chicken.

The report analyzed more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S., and found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of  it. The staggering statistic also included organic brands, so foodies beware: a revised label and trendy buzzword does not a safe poultry make. The numbers came to light during an intensive investigation after the October news of a national salmonella outbreak linked to three Foster Farms chicken plants, which soon yielded troubling results for more than just the one company’s chicken product. In the case of the Foster Farms outbreak, nearly 390 people were infected, with 40% of them hospitalized in critical condition—double the percentage historically linked to salmonella outbreaks.

The news marks a particularly dark turn in what is widely considered America’s most popular meat. Consumer Reports estimates that Americans buy an average of 83 pounds of chicken per capita annually. Each year, nearly 2 million Americans fight antibiotic-resistant infection, with 23,000 succumbing to the virus. As a result, many are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to release new guidelines addressing antibiotic overuse in livestock.

The Consumer Reports test found bacteria in chicken purchased in markets in 26 states across the country. Additionally, the report found that almost none of the major brands were free of bacteria, more than half were tainted with fecal contaminants, about half of the samples tested positive for at least one multi-drug-resistant bacterium, and of the 65% of samples that tested positive for E. coli, nearly 18% featured particularly vicious strands of the disease that are known to heighten the probability of urinary-tract infection substantially higher.......... Even worse, contaminated chicken can affect people not buying chicken when it lingers on shopping carts at the grocery stores.

There's a lot more in the extensive report, including how to protect yourself, which you can read when you click here.

Rod Bastanmehr is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @rodb.

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Numerous reports over the years attribute the rise in cancer, heart problems and other serious diseases to broiler chickens. These chickens are unnaturally farmed, nurtured with filth and poison, and fed and killed horrifically. The logical consequences of consuming haraam chicken filth are destruction of physical health, the ruin of moral health (Akhlaaq) and the corrosion of Imaan to the degree of almost total desensitization of the intellect which is rendered incapable of understanding the Ahkaam of the Shariah which Allah Ta’ala has designed for our well-being on earth and our success in the Aakhirah. 

It is essential that Muslims understand the villainy of these halaalizing outfits who are all the agents of Iblees. For the attainment of their corrupt monetary objectives they ruin the entire Ummah with the deluges of diseased, haraam substances which they dub as ‘food’, but which in reality is food fit for only the shayaateen. Haraam is never for Muslims. The body and the soul which are sacred trusts are being abused and ruined to fulfil the gluttonous demands of the inordinate nafs. On the Day of Qiyaamah, long before the actual Hisaab (Reckoning), an account of this Trust will be demanded – this Trust which you are ruining and destroying with the active connivance of the shaitaaniyat of SANHA, MJC, NIHT, etc. But on the Day of Qiyaamah, all of these vile carrion halaalizing entities will be piled on top of one other and cast into the dregs of Jahannam.

2 Zil Qa’dh 1436 -18 August 2015

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 09:53  

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