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Be Very Careful Eating Chickens You Buy at the Supermarket

If you believed pledges of no hormones or antibiotics by chicken producers -- even those claiming to be organic -- makes those animals raised on factory farms you buy from the grocery store any safer to eat, you should think twice before doing it again, according to an alarming Consumer Reports expose.

An amazing 83 percent of the chickens tested positive for harbored campylobacter or salmonella, a frightening increase from the 49 percent Consumer Reports found just three years ago. In fact, some of the worst offenders among the 525 samples tested (taken from 23 states) were from chickens labeled as organic or raised without antibiotics.

And, no surprise, the current standards chicken producers use to keep contamination in check and allegedly protect consumers -- called the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) -- aren't enough to prevent it, Consumer Reports says.

You can learn even more about the unsafe conditions in factory farms that can sicken your health by reading The Great Bird Flu Hoax, available in my Web store.

Consumer Reports.org January 2007