Dirty Birds: Even ‘Premium’ Chickens Harbor Dangerous Bacteria
They tested 525 fresh, whole broilers bought at supermarkets, mass merchandisers, gourmet shops, and natural-food stores in 23 states. They found an average of 83% were contaminated with campylobacter, salmonella, or both:
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(I was reading that Happy Hen Organic Fertile Brown Eggs from Pennsylvania, which are advertised as coming from hens that run free "in a natural setting" and are "humanely housed in healthy, open-sided housing, for daily sunning - something Happy Hens enjoy." are actually housed in barns containing more than 7000 birds each ... "the wall-to-wall birds are severely debeaked; and individual hens have even less space than the abysmal industry standard.")
When it comes to cleanliness, I can see it doesn't pay to spend extra on organic, air-chilled, antibiotic-free, gourmet, or other high-end poultry.