The Trouble With Chicken

Is the food safety system working?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015  

Is our food-safety process working? About one in four pieces of raw chicken are contaminated with salmonella, with some strains of the bacteria becoming more severe. FRONTLINE investigates the spread of these dangerous pathogens at a time when Americans are consuming more chicken than ever. The program, a co-production with the Workshop, traces a major outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg at one of the nation's largest poultry producers and reveals an antiquated government inspection system that's failing to protect consumers.  

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Salmonella still leading source of foodborne illness

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015  

Photo by David E. Hoffman

Tim Grucza films at Cargill's Springdale, Arkansas, plant as 40-pound turkeys are being hung after being dunked in the "chiller" to remove bacterial contamination. 

Salmonella sickens more than 1 million Americans every year, with about 200,000 illnesses caused by contaminated poultry. Some strains of salmonella are becoming antibiotic resistant, making them more severe and difficult to treat.

Key Findings of ‘The Trouble with Chicken’ investigation:

• Twenty years after the major E. coli 0157 outbreak from Jack-in-the-Box hamburgers highlighted the need to look at dangerous bacteria threats, illnesses from salmonella have remained one of ...

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