Evil Chicken, Poultry is the Top Culprit for Food Poisoning

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Its time to lock up all the chickens. We need to punish all these feather-clad criminals – enough is enough! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says poultry is the number one culprit for food poisoning and food-borne illness.

I’ve never trusted a bird that claims it can’t fly. Then what are those tasty wings for then? Making us sick! The CDC found chicken, turkey, and other poultry accounted for 17% of food-borne illness outbreaks. Beef narrowly escaped the top spot with 16% and vegetables clocked in at 14%.

Why is poultry so nasty? Salmonella is the dirty rat, along with other forms of bacteria, responsible for half the food-borne illness outbreaks.

Not exactly good PR for chicken, especially amidst a recall of 380 million eggs in 17 states due to Salmonella.

But the reason poultry makes us sick is largely our fault. People get sick when raw poultry is mishandled; such as leaving it out or storing it at improper temperatures, or not cooking it long enough to kill any bacteria. Wow, people are stupid.

Using a digital cooking thermometer is a good way to ensure chicken, especially the thick breast meat, is properly cooked.

In general, the CDC says 87 million cases of food-borne illness are reported in the United States each year, causing 371,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths.

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Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese

Gerry is your typical yoga practicing, no pizza or meat eating Italian guy from New Jersey. Seriously, his family still isn't speaking to him. Professionally, Gerrys been Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD's blogger since 2005.