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Dirty chicken

Consumer Reports magazine published a study stating that raw broilers sold nationwide are a lot dirtier than in the past. They claim the reason is that raw broilers harbor large amounts of campylobacter or salmonella bacteria that can make people sick, usually with diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever lasting several days.

In fact, 83 percent of the chicken tested harbored the two leading bacterial causes of food borne disease, a major increase from 2003, when it reported finding that 49 percent tested positive for one or both pathogens.

This increase is believed to be caused by the increased resistance to antibiotics. Of course, in minimizing the issue, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said contamination is not an issue because "I don't know of anybody who eats raw chicken" and that he "wouldn't think about putting my teeth into a piece of chicken unless it's well done."

To read the full article please visit http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/

The way we relate to all Creation has consequences. In this case, the exploitation of chickens, God’s animals, brings sickness to us. Living in harmony with Creation requires showing love and compassion to all creatures. The transition to a plant-based diet shows reverence for life and obedience to God by being good stewards of all Creation.

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