The month of April continued to witness increasing cases of food poisoning. Which really means that the menace is not ending anytime soon. There were instances linked with raw turkey, beef, pork that affected thousands of individuals who consumed the items on a daily basis. CDC believes that the numbers will continue to rise if no precautionary measures are taken. However, there has been a new update to the crisis. Now, according to a recent report, chicken is the major contributor to food poisoning!
People have largely been unaware of the risks posed by chicken and its role in inflicting multiple forms of food-related illnesses. There is a need more than ever to be concerned about the problem. As for the health authorities, they should look for making food safer for the general population.
Chicken: the biggest culprit?
Medical scientists associated with CDC documented some essential findings that examined the contamination rate in chicken. They found that chicken is the culprit for two major forms of bacteria: campylobacter and salmonella.
Salmonella is also commonly found in vegetables, eggs and beef. Although the US health authorities made it mandatory for companies to undergo testing to bring the rates down, the law is never really implemented in its entirety. This is visible from the high rates of salmonella contamination found in chicken breasts and legs.
However, the bigger threat is posed by the Campylobacter bacteria. Most cases go unreported and people fail to realize the associated harms with this form. Medical experts believe that it is one of the primary reason why we see a surge in the cases of food poisoning.
Just about last year, the health department collected thousands of samples from 10 different states. They were examined and check for any traces of contamination. As many as 22% of the samples did not meet the health requirement. They were known to have a large presence of salmonella and campylobacter.
What should be done?
The CDC report tells us a lot about the importance of healthy practices. Most of the raw chicken we buy from the supermarket is actually contaminated with harmful bacteria. We unknowingly consume it without ever acknowledging the repercussions of doing so.
Although the US states do have safety regulatory laws in place, companies often turn a blind eye to them. It is, therefore, the need of the hour to ensure the regulations are strictly implemented. That being said, there are some additional practices that can be enforced. Germ-killing solutions should be available at a low cost and be provided at a large scale. It should be sprayed on the chicken to kill any traces of bacteria that might be present.
The US is amidst one of the worst food poisoning crisis of this decade. More and more people find themselves engulfed within the problem. Unfortunately, cases are known to accelerate if we do not abide by the health regulations. All that on one side, it is important to acknowledge where the problem first comes from. The CDC report tells us exactly that stating that the chicken we buy is the biggest culprit of the crisis.