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."
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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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