WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Eat a lot of chicken? Consumer Reports found 97% of the poultry tested could make you sick...

Doubtless, many Americans - heeding warnings about red meat, high cholesterol and heart disease, but not wanting to turn to purely vegetarian diets - have opted for more and more poultry and seafood.

Indeed, Americans now consume more chicken than any other meat. (Good for the Delaware economy, bad for the environment!)

Two new reports suggest the U.S. poultry industry is dropping the ball when it comes thwarting contamination.

The Pew Charitable Trusts studied two outbreaks of salmonella contamination connected to Foster Farms Chicken. Conclusion: The U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety & Inspection Service doesn't have the authority to effectively protect the public.

And CONSUMER REPORTS ran three hundred store-bought chicken breasts through various tests and found harmful bacteria in just about every one.

And just about concurrently, the Federal government introduced new policies to tackle salmonella in poultry and the over-reliance on antibiotics in farm animals.

All this may explain why we just heard another holiday season health warning: Make absolutely sure raw chicken or its juices don't come into contact with any other food.

Here are the findings from CONSUMER REPORTS...


Posted at 8:35am on December 19, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 8:54am
Could make you sick? Only if you don't cook it properly. This is very old news. Warnings to cook chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit have been on chicken for years.

What has Salisbury, MD got to do with the Delaware economy? Heck, what has Sussex County got to do with NCC's economy? But I guess Loudell wants to pander to the handful of redneck listeners down there.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:58am
I spent 20 years working in agriculture at the U of D. Worse years of my life. But that aside, millions of dollars flowed through Newark back in the 70's and 80's for poultry research. Much of it was spent in Georgetown, but it still flowed through Newark. Salary dollars, local spending, etc. You can't be narrow-minded about money spent in any part of Delmarva. And we aren't talking rednecks here. PhD's can be rednecks, but most aren't.

Poultry remains a large factor in the Delaware/Delmarva economy. It cannot be ignored by anyone with a brain.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 5:30pm
I eat it all - poultry, fish, red meat (my favorite) - and guess what? I'm 56 and I ain't dead yet!

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 9:56pm
And that, Mr. Pizza is why you should become a progressive. They are the party of life... The Tea Party is dead, full of the dead, and will soon be buried in the cold annuals of history.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:32pm
Huh? What does that have to do with anything?

Fri, Dec 20, 2013 8:43am
I remember some chicken classes in college. Often another word immediately followed "chicken." And I'd heard of chicken research. I guess this makes the U of D a chicken school, supported with lots of chicken federal spending. I'd expect it from land-grant schools (or "cow colleges") in the heartland, not from an elite "Public Ivy" in the East. This sounds like a prime example of abuse of the taxpayers' money. We give money to the Agriculture Department, so they can spend it on ways to make Agri-Business even richer, and then we can spend more for factory-produced food and genetically modified food.

More reason to insist on organic, free-range chicken. The chickens may have had a short life, and died so you could have Sunday dinner, but at least they had a decent life while they lived and were not subject to all kinds of agri-abuse in cramped wire cages. Maybe some people deserve hell and Frank Perdue and his ilk are among them.

Is anybody really proud to be living in the same state with those downstate rednecks? Better to tear-down all the bridges over the canal, and let them all sink into the ocean.

Sun, Dec 22, 2013 12:59am
Hey Bill: Maybe you have a point about Frank Perdue and agri-abuse, but those rednecks are still no worse than homosexuals in Rehoboth.

Sun, Dec 22, 2013 2:07pm
Pizza: Really? Rednecks: Fat. Ugly. Pick-up trucks. Cars up on blocks on the front lawn. Crummy neighborhoods. Gays: Fit. Well-dressed. Fashionable. Create and live in immaculate and stylish neighborhoods everybody else wants to visit.

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