Chicken the Is Cause Of The Most Foodborne Illnesses

August 3, 2018

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It's nothing to cluck at but chicken makes people sick more than any other food. The CDC says chicken causes the most outbreak-associated illnesses of any food with more than 5,760 food borne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, causing 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations and 145 deaths! While fish appears to be blamed the most, chicken is actually the culprit more often than any other animal-based protein. Pork is next with a reported 2,670 food poisonings and seeded vegetables making 2,572 people feel sick. The number one reason chicken is making us sick is that it harbors salmonella better than any other food. This type of bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, and cramps about 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and can be found in addition to chicken, in cheese, eggs, juice and fruit.  While critics say more government inspections are needed to protect consumers from unsafe chicken, the safe way to consume chicken is to make sure it is cook thoroughly to kill off bacteria to an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. Also avoid using the same utensils on raw and cooked foods, clean all surfaces that are used to prepare meals and wash hands with soap and water before and after touching food.

SOURCE: Men's Health

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